Someone on another message board I belong to asked me to get together info from the Organizations I support (HSUS & NWF) of things that can actually be done for anyone in the world who feels compelled due to the disaster. I've got many freinds and family in the areas and whenever I was in Louisiana spend as much time as I could on the Rivers, Backwaters and Swamps. It's a place near and dear to my heart. It's not just that state affected however, that list is growing daily, and it's at the very least a national crisis if not a global one. I am sure there is more that can be, and there will probably be more added to the list, but this is what I had for starters. Thank you.
How Can We all can help -
1.Volunteer for the Cleanup Efforts - The National Wildlife Federation is helping coordinate the on-the-ground volunteer effort, including NWF's Gulf Coast Surveillance Teams, which are being set up to monitor the coastline for wildlife in distress. Also These agencies—Volunteer Louisiana, Volunteer Florida, Volunteer Mississippi, and Volunteer Alabama—are operating in cooperation with the Unified Command Center, the central group in charge of the disaster response. The Unified Command alone has the legal authority to decide on the use of volunteers in an area impacted by a spill. The highly trained HSUS responders from the National Disaster Animal Rescue team—who’ve been involved in many disaster operations—also are gearing up.
Members of the public who wish to volunteer to assist with this effort should contact the Community Information Line at: 866-448-5816
Experienced marine mammal and sea turtle responders and veterinarians should contact their regional or state stranding coordinator to be placed on a standby response list.
2.Donate Financially to the National Wildlife Federation's Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund, The HSUS, Marine Mammal Rescue, or other conservation organizations involved.
3. Contact Senators and Representatives that now more than ever we need to pass comprehensive legislation that provides America with cleaner and safer energy choices, to remove the 75 Million cap on liability and punitive damages, and also to put pressure on BP for full disclosure as well as contacting them to support the Mississippi River Delta Restoration project.
4.Of course - Help Spread Messages Online, Pray for those directly involved/Think Good thoughts if you believe it at the very least.
5. Support Local Costal Businesses who are hurting due to the Disaster as well as Tourism in Communities that will be affected. Many Fish and Seafood companies still have products out there and in purchasing those we are helping to minimize their financial losses and many of them also have Tourism type products and souveniers as well.
***PLEASE, if you find wildlife along the Gulf Coast that you think may have been injured by the oil spill, do NOT attempt to rescue it. Call the Oiled Wildlife hotline at 866-557-1401.***
Some site links -
For Additional Information:
Oiled Wildlife Care Network Homepage:
Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program:
NOAA website on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response:
NOAA Home Page:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response:
National Wildlife Federation:
Humane Society of the United States: