Status Summary for May 7, 2010

May 12, 2010 - We are no longer updating the content of this site on a regular basis. Volunteer registration needs are now being handled by other organizations. We are working with state and governments and other groups to see that volunteers who registered here are incorporated into the official response team. That objective has already been accomplished for volunteers who indicated an interest in working with wildlife.

1114 CDT, May 10, 2010

0818 CDT, May 9, 2010 - We have been focusing on transferring the volunteer database (those who gave permission only) to BP or another appropriate group. MEMA (Mississippi Emergency Management Agency) now has the database and will be putting it in the right hands. Thank you, MEMA.

Volunteers who did not give permission to pass on your contact information - OSV will send an email to you with instructions for either providing permission or contacting the appropriate group directly.

0831 CDT, May 8, 2010 - After conversations with a BP representative on Thursday evening, we're waiting for their input on routing the database and the collection of contacts for HAZWOPER-certified and other highly qualified people. We're also waiting for a response on our offer to turn over the boom monitoring system to an official group or agency.

05:15 CDT, May 7, 2010 - We have closed registration for new volunteers. We have been unable to find anyone at BP willing to accept our list of volunteers. We are continuing to contact BP through various routes to pass along the information. BP and many conventional organizations have begun collecting volunteer information and can now fill the need for which we created this site on April 29. We plan to have a list of those organizations available later today.

11:44 CDT, May 5, 2010 - New forecasts show BP oil spill moving west toward the Louisiana coast.

10:32 CDT, May 5, 2010 - More HAZWOPER training info added to Status page.

0844 CDT, May 5, 2010 - We do not yet have visible oil on the shore except in a few locations. There is no large-scale oil cleanup or wildlife rehab work in progress. Out-of-town volunteers are urged to stay home and monitor the situation, rather than spend your resources to come and find that there's little or nothing to do. We have a large number of local volunteers to meet any short-term needs.

May 4, 2010

This page will be updated throughout the day.

1300 CDT, May 4, 2010 - OilSpillVolunteers Press Release.

1022 CDT, May 4, 2010 - Received press release describing basic health and safety training for volunteers in Mississippi.

0914 CDT, May 4, 2010 - US Labor Department’s OSHA has now put up a Web page titled: “Keeping Workers Safe During Oil Spill Response and Cleanup Operations.” The link is

May 3, 2010

1433 CDT, May 3, 2010 - Volunteer Opportunities page updated regarding beach cleanup prior to oil arrival.

1327 CDT - BP released an update on Mississippi Coastline Oil Spill Resonse Activites. PDF file, 1.3 mb

1247 CDT - We've just received a call from a BP representative. BP is still evaluating how they might use our volunteers. No opportunties have been identified yet.

0645 CDT

May 2, 2010

* 30 minutes ago, BP announced the schedule for volunteer health and safety training sessions in Mississippi. Similar sessions held today (5/2/10) in Ocean Springs, MS began with 10 to 15 minutes of basic considerations for working outdoors (sunscreen, hydration, not lifting too much weight, not over working, ...). The balance of the one-hour session was devoted to addressing questions from participants.

* We will implement a reporting system for citizen monitoring of oil containment booms by noon tomorrow. We have offered the service to BP and finally found a receptive ear after repeated brush-offs. The system will allow residents living near booms to file reports of un-moored booms and other problems so that remedial action may be promptly taken. Please spread the word among local residents to be ready to take part in this activity. Booms like the one washed up on the beach in this CNN photo are nearly useless. (My apologies to CNN for using this photo. If CNN wants it removed, please contact me and I'll respond promptly.)

Failed oil containment booms

* Meeting held with BP representatives yesterday. A summary of conclusions and results is on the News page.

*Two volunteer activities have been identified: Pre-oil-arrival beach cleanup. See Volunteer Opportunities page and monitoring of the boom locations and conditions.

* BP will not train volunteers for oil cleanup or bird and wildlife rehabilitation. Both activities require hazmat certification per OSHA; they are to be handled by a BP contractor.

* Basic health and safety training is being offered today in Ocean Springs. The 20-minute course is required for all volunteers doing work outdoors with BP. Details on the News page.