As a volunteer you will not come into contact with oil contaminated materials, but may perform mitigation activities in non-oil contaminated areas such as pre-cleaning beaches.
Volunteers will be allowed to work in wildlife recovery and rehabilitation facilities; however, volunteers who do not have federal / state wildlife licenses cannot handle the wildlife. If you are interested in working in these facilities your name will be passed along to the wildlife recovery and rehabilitation coordinators so they can contact you when they need assistance.
If you are interested in this type of role, please contact one of the following organizations:
- Louisiana: http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/ or call 2-1-1 or 1-800-755-5175
- Mississippi: http://www.mcvs.org
- Florida: http://www.volunteerflorida.org/
- Alabama: http://www.servealabama.gov/ – or call 2-1-1 or 1-888-421-1266
After registering with the state to volunteer, they may contact you if and when your support is needed. Following activation, you will be provided safety training at the beginning of your work assignment at the location you are advised to report to begin work. Please write down this information and do not lose it as the Horizon Response Center will not have your assignment information.
All oil-contaminated materials will only be handled by Qualified Community Responders (QCR) and not by volunteers.
Please note that, in general, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Please refer to state websites for more details on any age restrictions.