If you have time to volunteer and haven’t already signed up with one of the many organizations out here, check out the links below for some ideas of who you can work with. While most of these places are waiting for the oil to come in before getting to work, we have heard that there are some places looking for people to help as of now.
Do-It-Yourself: But there are a few ways we know of to help on your own, without any training.
First, go down to the shores and clean up trash debris before the oil hits. We have no idea how big this could get, and there are thousands upon thousands of us living short drives to places all along the Gulf Coast.
Second, we have seen a lot about the collection of pet & human hair from your area to be made into booms for collecting oil. Collect hair from your pets and friends. More info here.
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) training is required by OSHA for anyone working with oil in the clean up.
Audubon Society – has already begun contacting volunteers.
oilspillvolunteers.com – volunteering closed, but has good information.