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VOLUNTEER FLORIDA Encourages Floridians to Become Coast Watch Volunteers - 4-MAY-2010

VOLUNTEER FLORIDA Encourages Floridians to Become Coast Watch Volunteers - 4-MAY-2010

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The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community
Service (Volunteer Florida) is encouraging individuals who live along or are visiting
coastal communities to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a
Coast Watch volunteer.
The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community
Service (Volunteer Florida) is encouraging individuals who live along or are visiting
coastal communities to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a
Coast Watch volunteer.

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CHARLIE CRIST SECRETARY MICHAEL W. SOLE DAVID HALSTEADGovernor Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Coordinating Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAY 4, 2010
 CONTACT:
PUBLIC INFORMATION (ESF 14): (850) 921-0217
VOLUNTEER FLORIDA ENCOURAGES FLORIDIANS TO BECOMECOAST WATCH VOLUNTEERS IN RESPONSE TO THE DEEPWATER HORIZONINCIDENT
 
~Coast Watch volunteers will serve as on-the-ground observers, reporting oiled wildlife, vegetation, and shorelines to the appropriate authorities~ 
TALLAHASSEE
 – The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and CommunityService (Volunteer Florida) is encouraging individuals who live along or are visitingcoastal communities to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming aCoast Watch volunteer. Similar to the Crime Watch program, Coast Watch volunteersare community members who know the daily wildlife and plants that exist on their localbeach. The “Coast Watchers” will assist BP, the state of Florida and partneringorganizations in identifying beaches that need attention.Coast Watchers will work within the coastal communities where they live or visit andcommit to do the following:
Report
injured
or
oiled animals
to the
Wildlife Distress Hotline
:
1-866-557-1401
Report
oiled shoreline
to:
1-866-448-5816
 
Report a change in
Air Quality
to:http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/  Coast Watchers are
not permitted
to enter off-limit areas to obtain observations andmust not make contact with oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches due the healthconcerns associated with contact.Citizens wanting to become a Coast Watcher do not require any special training orregistration. However, they should be conscious of the coastal environment in theircommunity. If a Coast Watcher observes contaminated wildlife, vegetation, orshoreline, it should be reported immediately to the numbers above.For up-to-date volunteer opportunities regarding the oil spill, visitwww.volunteerflorida.org.The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, VolunteerFlorida, was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under

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