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HAZWOPER Training Opportunities http://www.oilspillvolunteers.com/hazwoper.html
5/3/10 17:22 CDT – A Louisiana volunteer reported that Jefferson Parish has begun setting up abbreviated HAZWOPER training courses at three locations beginning Tuesday, May 3. You need to pre-register at the following numbers for the city town halls. While these classes may already be filled, it is likely that additional sessions will be scheduled.
- Grand Isle - 985-787-3196 Rresidents of Grand Isle are given first priority, then Jefferson Parish and Lafouche Parish. Grand Isle. Classes are at 900 and 1300 on 5/4.
- Jean Lafitte - 504-689-2208 (No details available, town hall closed.)
- Westwego - 504-341-3424 (No details available, town hall closed.)
These numbers have been verified at 1722 on 5/3/10.
Volunteer project by Don Abrams, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Training & Volunteer Opportunities
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will be taking applications Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: http://emergency.louisiana.gov/training.html
JOB1 Business and Career Solutions Center, 2330 Canal Street, New Orleans, 504-658-4500.
8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette
1112 Engineers Road, Belle Chasse
316 E. Howze Beach Lane, Slidell
1900 Lafayette Street, Gretna
1803 Airline Drive, Metairie
3520 General DeGaulle Drive, Algiers
975 Cambridge Drive, LaPlace
737 Paul Mallard Road (Suite 2A), Luling
2289 Texas Street, Lutcher
Beginning Monday, May 3, job seekers can get more information on the week’s events by calling 1-877-529-6751.
The company will be hiring for general labor, crew leader, site supervisor, site safety representative and lead safety representative positions. Duties include debris removal and placing protective barriers along shorelines and beaches. Job seekers must be at least 18 years old and have their own transportation. Applicants must be available to work seven days a week and will live in a shared hotel environment. Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers.
To report oil on land and for Community and Volunteer Information, call 1-866-448-5816.
To offer your vessel for service or submit alternative response technology, services or products, call 281-366-5511 or email HorizonSupport@OEGLLC.com
You can register through OilSpillVolunteers.com to volunteer or join a cleanup organization.
The BP Volunteer Hotline has set up numbers if you need to report injured wildlife or damage related to the spill. You can also request volunteer information at 866-448-5816.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network is providing volunteer information, though help from private citizens is not being requested at this time.
To donate hair, fur, nylons: http://matteroftrust.org/
OIL SPILL INFORMATION:
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Volunteers
Louisiana Shore Cleanup
Save the Gulf of Mexico
Deepwater Horizon Response
America’s Wetland: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana
Oil Spill Volunteers – Cleanup in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama
Horizon Oil Spill
Volunteers needed for Gulf Oil spill response!
Venice-DAY TWO: Saturday May 1st
Oh what a Good Day to go Fishin..
After a few hours sleep in New Orleans Val and I head back toward Venice for graduation day. We were told we could pickup our Hazmat Cards at the Boothville gym today and that would allow us to get to work sureing up the coast. On the way Cpt. Richard Blink called and let me know fishing on the East side of the River had been suspended, but if we could meet him at the Delta Marina in Empire he could get through the locks and show us his fishing grounds just west of the mouth of Mississippi.
Rich is a Boat Captain who grew up here. Yesterday we talked about his passion to save his homeland and the lack of preparation and resources. It seems the powers that be would rather wait for oil to hit the marches then go through the expense an liability of fortification. I told him we had some folks back home that wanted to help, but the only way would be able to show people what is happening here was through the media. At 23, he’s the youngest person I’ve seen competent in these waters. It’s an honor that he is willing to show this place before the oil finds it way through the marshes. I’ll be damned if he didn’t get a call from Discovery Canada who wanted to film his story and met us in Empire.
High Winds had supposedly foiled plans to deploy Boom had also diverted the oil east for yet another day and we had to change an Impeller before leaving the locks in his stepfathers oyster boat..
Once out on River waves hit the bow and we huddled inside the small Cabin of the vessel. After we picked up the rest of the crew the vessel made to calmer waters along the marshy coast.
“I started a coastal restoration company to cover myself from lawsuits , but came up with some ideas that might really make a difference here.” Rich found a type of Cypress that could grow in salt water and organized an effort to plant 1400 trees.
As Rich told his story to Discovery Channel Cameras we found ourselves between Hope and uncertainty, but truly blessed to for every second we had to spend on the water. We helped them find shots of Ghost Crabs, Butterflies, Snakes, and the lush vegetation here on the coast and tried not to think about what it might look like when we return.
A certain calm comes over the group for a while. In the beauty of this habitat we almost forget that there is a gaping hole in the Gulf. Reality comes by way of a crew boat full of suits wearing yellow hard hats. As Val mutters under her breath, “there’s the enemy”. Rich turns to her and lets her know that those are his friends, the new way of life for his generation, the only way they can stay down here. And they both love the same thing. And if we are to have any chance at fixing this problem we will all have to work together.
Lesson of the day? Don’t judge anyone for how they make a living. Realize this is the worst case scenario for all of us… BP included. Still, there must be some oversight, am semblance of a plan, and somebody to tell the Story. Thank you Rich …. I will let you know when Discovery airs the show.
Dog and Pony Show
We left the marsh to get out diplomas (Hazmat Cards) and hopefully get to work or figure out when we would be allowed to do anything here today. Anxious to get our Diplomas and get to work local officers had would not let us into the gym and told us our cards would be mailed to us. Frustration, confusion, and contempt began to grow as I didn’t like the answer I got. There was no contact number, website, flyer or way to know where to get our card. Also, this was a second safety class taught by the same people. For whatever reason the same gym that held between one and two thousand yesterday was supposedly only hold a few hundred.
As I got frustrated with the police officer at the door for not having any answers, I kept in mind that he didn’t know anymore than I did. But I should have told Valerie, because when she got the same info and little push away from the door things took a turn.
A few feet away BP was holding a press conference. Unfortunately, for the spokesperson (who really had no answers) Valerie made national news asking about our Hazmat Cards. The young lady claimed the cards were a parish matter.
In the parking lot, Owner of the Riverside Grill and Liaison between BP and the folks affected by the storm was getting an earful from the daughter of a Elderly fisherman who had signed a legal document he neither could understand. The distressed woman shouted, “He just want to get to work, But I want to know what my daddy is signing.” Acey had a look of sincere disbelief on his face and took a second to try to help us with our questions about the class before storming off to get answers from BP reps. These people who can no longer make because of the oil in the gulf have a chance to make good money working and renting out there vessels…. or sign there life away for 5,000
*Luckily on May 3rd a court had
already filed an injunction on the waivers … since then BP claimed it was an accident and tore up the papers …
The Dirty Bird
The Press is descending on this place like the Seagulls that followed Rich’s ship this morning, eager for any scrap of info BP has to throw out. It’s just a matter of time before that Greasy water hits the shore. Then it will be pretty apparent what how prepared we are. I hope they prove me wrong.
We headed north to Fort Jackson… Val was convinced the pic from yesterday’s New York Times was from Stock photo from somewhere else. The two boat and levee full of cars turned out to just be another press conference. Some real smart people were washing a Mallard Decoy and explained how the decontamination process worked and I never got a glimpse of the single bird they had supposedly cared for today …. All this is great, but I hope somebody is out there fortifying the coast..
I will update the story about the first 3 days in Venice, La. and the plight of those who work on our Southeastern Coast this evening, but just want you to know because of the Oil Act of 1990 BP is running the show. Like it or not means wedlock and the fastest way you can make to make a difference is to go to work for BP or a company they contract. Also, All of my friends in the oil patch tell me things are finally moving and this is what you can do…
There is a company in New Iberia looking for people right away..
AMPOL is paying $9/hr + hotel and per diem if onshore. You can use me as a referral and keep in mind they are looking for young men who can work long hours with protective gear in the sun.
#800 48 AMPOL www.ampol.net
Do whatever you can NOW, in a week it will be too late…. I’m sure you can make a lot more, but I don’t think money is an issue at this point. also, Deep Horizon is BP’s environmental branch