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May 30, 2010 15:00 EDT



Weather Summary:

  • According to the NOAA oil plume model, the oil spill is 70 miles southwest of Pensacola, 125 miles from Mexico Beach, and 290 miles from St. Petersburg.

  • No direct oil impacts are expected across any part of the state within the next 3 days. Light southerly winds and calm seas are expected across the northern-central gulf today, but a 40-50% chance of rain and thunderstorms may hamper surface recovery operations.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a fact sheet titled “Hurricanes and the Oil Spill” at:


  • Florida beaches are open.

  • Unified Command estimates release rate of oil from Deepwater Horizon at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day.

  • This event has been designated a Spill of National Significance.

  • Unified Command continues with a comprehensive oil well intervention and spill response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. 

  • Approximately more than 20,000 personnel are working the on and offshore response.

  • Oil-water mix recovered:  approximately 13.1 million gallons

  • Response vessels in use:  1400

  • Dispersant (in gallons): approximately 920,000 deployed / 430,000 available

  • 17 staging areas are in place to protect sensitive shorelines in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Florida Specific:

  • Oil Containment Boom (in feet) total: 250,250 deployed in Florida.

    • Tier 1:  126,750 / Tier 2: 133,500

    • Florida staging areas: 5,000 staged

  • In accordance with established plans, protective booming and boom maintenance is being conducted in the coastal areas of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties.

  • 538 BP and contract personnel are working on the effort in Florida.

  • BP is providing a $100,000 grant through a Memorandum of Understanding with Volunteer Florida  to maintain a database for the registration of volunteers:
  • BP issued a $25 million block grant to Florida; first priority is costs associated with booming.

  • BP has issued a second $25 million grant to Florida for a national tourism advertising campaign.

  • 81 of 1,114 contracts have been activated for the Vessels of Opportunity program in Florida.

  • Representatives from BP and the U.S. Coast Guard are stationed at the State EOC and at staging areas and incident command posts in Florida.

  • FDEP has issued an Emergency Final Order authorizing suspension of certain parameters, allowing for an efficient and timely response to oil spill related matters.

  • BP claims in Florida: 4,366 / approximately $3,355,515.03 paid

    • Wage Loss: 2,449 claims / $1,602,932.19

    • Loss of Income:

      • Commercial: 343 claims / $232,976.93
      • Business Interruption: 224 claims / $103,488.28
      • Shrimper: 104 claims / $249,250
      • Fishermen: 453 claims / $564,994.79
      • Oyster Harvester: 34 claims / $2,500
      • Crabber:  7 claims / $5,000
      • Recreational Fishermen: 4 claims / $5,000
      • Wholesale Distributor: 6 claims / $5,000
      • Rental Property: 404 claims / $66,416
      • Maintenance Company: 5 claims / $7,680
      • Seafood Processor: 10 claims / $6,000
      • Charters: 222 claims / $494,276.84
      • Marine Repair: 15 claims / $5,000
      • Real Estate Sales: 43 claims / $5,000

State Actions:

  • State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at a Level 2 (Partial) with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) as the lead agency.

  • Governor’s Executive Orders 10-99, 10-100, and 10-106 declared a state of emergency for:

    • Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, and Gulf  (10-99)

    • Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota (10-100)

    • Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach (10-106)

  • Governor’s Executive Order 10-115 authorizes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to designate Free Saltwater Fishing Days to encourage noncommercial fishing in Florida.

  • Governor’s Executive Order 10-101 established the Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force, which will facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries to recover from the loss of commerce and revenues due to the oil spill.

  • Conducting daily conference calls with: county and emergency management partners, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator, and various Unified Commands.

  • A 16-member Forward-State Emergency Response Team (F-SERT) is on-scene at the Unified Command in Mobile.

  • The State Emergency Response Team is supporting efforts with 12 personnel at Unified Command Sector St. Petersburg, 3 person at Unified Command Sector Key West, and 2 persons at Unified Command Sector Miami.

  • ESF 13-Florida National Guard (FLNG) Personnel:

    • 1 LNO at Robert UC
    • 1 LNO at Mobile UC (part of 15-member F-SERT)
    • 1 PAO on scene at the Joint Information Center (JIC) in Robert, LA
    • 1 LNO Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ)
    • 3 LNO’s at the SEOC

  • Florida EMAC on-scene in Hammond, Louisiana

    • Two  Blackhawk (UH-60) Helicopters with 11 crew members 
    • One  Chinook (CH-47) Helicopter with 9 crew members 

  • ESF 15 – Volunteers and Donation is providing consistent messaging to Florida volunteers, “All oil-contaminated materials will only be handled by trained, paid workers and not by volunteers.” 1,750 volunteers worked 7,807 hours for clean-ups along 135 miles of Florida’s beaches.

  • The Boom Coordination Cell continues to coordinate additional requests.

  • An Innovative Technology Cell is assessing alternative clean-up technologies suggested by the public and stakeholders.

  • ESF 10 – A website to view all of the consolidated State sampling data that is being collected along the Gulf Coastline is at

  • ESF 18 – Business, Industry, and Economic Development has launched a national radio and print advertising campaign, promoting Florida tourism.

  • The Small Business Administration has issued an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for the State of Florida.

    • Disaster Loan Outreach Centers have been opened in the following counties: Bay, Escambia, Gulf, Franklin, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, and Walton.

    • Loan Applications:

      • Issued:  112
      • Accepted:  19 
      • Declined:  3
      • Approved:  0


A.    Wakulla County Administration:

Assisting with media efforts
Assisting in the planning for future resources
Emergency declaration established 5-3-2010

B.    Wakulla County Schools:

No closures

C.    Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management:

Emergency Operations Center is at  Level II partial activation
Participating in coordination conference calls with the State Division of Emergency Management county agencies, city agencies, and supporting non-governmental entities
Monitoring US Coast Guard and BP plans
Providing assistance to register vessels of opportunity
Coordinating with FDEP, FWC, and USCG to document the pre-landfall conditions of our county through oil, water, air sampling and over flights.
Working with USCG to receive and stage response equipment
Coordinating with Big Bend COAD to coordinate volunteers
Planning for the potential use of Qualified Community Responders
Haz-mat Module 3 training for volunteers and professionals is ongoing

  • June 1st through June 5th at the Ag Extension Office

    • 8 AM to Noon and 1PM to 5PM
    • Registration is required, please call the Extension Office at 850-926-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

D.    Wakulla Public Works Office:

Normal operations

E.    Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office:

Normal Operations
Providing security at BP Claims Office

F.    Wakulla Agricultural Extension Service:

Assisting with volunteer efforts
Assisting with Animal Issues
Providing technical assistance

G.    County Department of Health:

Currently preparing for soil, water and animal samples should they be required

H.    Wakulla County Fire

Normal operations

I.    Wakulla County EMS:

Normal operations

J.    US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Staffing the EOC
Providing Coordination with the USCG Sector Mobile


General Assistance:  Wakulla County Division of Emergency Management  (850)926.0800

To report oiled wildlife, please call 1-866-557-1401

To discuss spill related damage, please call 1-800-440-0858.

To report oiled shoreline, please call 1-866-448-5816.

For volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

Contractors wishing to provide assistance (taking calls from contractors offering services or products): 1-985-902-5231

Environmental hotline, please call 1-866-448-5816

General assistance and alternative technology and services hotline  1-281-366-5511

Vessels of Opportunity (Boats for hire) 281-366-5511
A copy of the form can be found at the attached link or the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office:

Hotline for stranded marine mammals or sea turtles;  1-888-806-1674

Incident  websites: 

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida State Emergency Operations Center
Deepwater Horizon Response
NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration,subtopic_id,topic_id&entry_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=809&subtopic_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=2&topic_id(entry_subtopic_topic)=1

Audubon volunteer registration form:

Wildlife Sanctuary Video explaining the animal rescue system:

NOAA website with up-to-date information as the situation unfolds:,subtopic_id,topic_id&entry_id%28entry_subtopic_topic%29=809&subtopic_id%28entry_subtopic_topic%29=2&topic_id%28entry_subtopic_topic%29=1

Sampling data:

Oil Spill Task Force:

Link for BP claims-

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