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May 12, 2010

Deepwater   Horizon   Oil   Spill   Response           H o w   c a n   I   h e l p ?       The   best   way   you   can   help … continue   being   a   good   steward   of   our   environment   by   properly   disposing   of   trash   when   and   after   you   visit   our   beautiful   beaches   and   shorelines .   From   Boca   Grande   to   Bonita   Springs ,   Lee   County   has   more   than   50   miles   of   beach   and   700   miles   of   coastline   –   it   is   important ,   for   the   environment ,   the   economy   and   the   aesthetics ,   to   keep   them   free   of   man ? made   trash / litter / debris .     Other   ways   to   help :   Call   the   British   Petroleum   ( BP )   Volunteer   Hotline   at   ( 866 )   448 ? 5816   and   submit   your   information .     They’ll   be   in   touch   if   ever   needed .   Sign   up   with   a   local   volunteer   organization !     For   more   information   on   our   local   volunteer   organizations ,   call   United   Way   211   by   dialing   2 ? 1 ? 1 .     Be   a   Coast   Watcher !     For   more   information   on   Volunteer   Florida’s   “ Coast   Watch ”   program ,   click   here .   If   you   have   a   boat ,   and   you   want   to   help … contact   BP’s   “ Vessel   of   Opportunity ”   program   at   ( 281 )   366 ? 5511 .     Get   more   info   here .   Help   make   oil   booms   and   spill   mats !     Donate   hair   and   fur   clippings   to   the   Matter   of   Trust   organization .     Watch   their   YouTube   video   or   visit   their   website   for   more   info .     Note :   There   is   a   specific   donation   process   to   follow .   Read   their   site   carefully .         Remember   to   S.A.V.E . !   For   other   useful   information ,   visit   www.VolunteerFloridaDisaster.org !   Deepwater   Horizon   Oil   Spill   Response   Frequently   Asked   Questions   ( FAQs )   about   Helping       I   want   to   help   clean   up   oil ,   how   can   I   sign   up   to   volunteer ?   Currently ,   Lee   County   Emergency   Management   is   not   seeking   unaffiliated   volunteers .     However ,   you   may   submit   your   information   to   British   Petroleum   ( BP )   by   calling   their   Volunteer   Hotline   at   ( 866 )   448 ? 5816 .     They’ll   take   your   information   and   get   back   with   you   if   ever   needed .     Note :   Oil   is   toxic !     There   are   some   safety   and   health   considerations   when   dealing   with   oil   spills   and   only   trained   individuals   should   handle   any   oiled   debris   or   animals   –   you   should   not   attempt   to   clean   impacted   beaches / wildlife   on   your   own .     What   is   the   best   way   I   can   help ?   Currently ,   just   continue   to   be   a   good   environmental   steward   by   properly   disposing   of   trash   when   and   after   you   visit   one   of   Lee   County’s   beautiful   beaches .     From   Boca   Grande   to   Bonita   Springs ,   Lee   County   has   more   than   50   miles   of   beach   and   it   is   important ,   for   the   environment ,   the   economy   and   aesthetics ,   to   keep   them   free   of   man ? made   trash / litter / debris .         I’ve   got   a   boat ,   how   can   I   help ?     Submit   your   information   to   BP’s   “ Vessel   of   Opportunity ”   program   by   calling   ( 281 )   366 ? 5511 .     As   part   of   this   program ,   vessels   will   be   organized   in   25 ? boat   “ task   forces ”   that   can   be   dispatched   from   numerous   spots   along   the   coast ,   and   will   be   used   to   assist   in   a   variety   activities .     To   qualify   for   the   program ,   operators   need   to   meet   several   key   requirements ,   and   eligible   vessels   will   be   compensated   for   their   assistance .     For   more   information   on   this   program ,   call   ( 281 )   366 ? 5511 .     I’d   like   to   report   an   oiled   shoreline ,   who   do   I   call ?   Report   oiled   shorelines   by   calling   ( 866 ) ? 448 ? 5816 .     I’ve   seen   some   oiled   wildlife ,   who   do   I   report   this   to ?   To   report   oiled ,   injured   or   distressed   wildlife ,   call   ( 866 )   557 ? 1401 .     Where   can   I   get   more   information   on   the   Deepwater   Horizon   Oil   Spill   Response ?   You   may   obtain   ongoing   incident   response   information   from   the   Deepwater   Horizon   Response   website :   www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com .     You   may   also   follow   the   response   on   Facebook   and   Twitter .     For   local   implications   and   activities ,   continue   to   monitor   Lee   County   Emergency   Management’s   website ,   www.LeeEOC.com   and   stay   tuned   to   local   media .  

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