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Information to support effective and safe responses to oil spills in the coastal environment.
Featured:Software & Data SetsPublicationsWeb Portals
Job Aids for Spill Response A list of OR&R job aids, laminated flip booklets designed to help oil spill responders complete their response tasks.
Coast Guard ICS Forms Information about the Coast Guard version of the Incident Command System (ICS) forms.
Container Ship Strikes Bay Bridge The container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay, California on the morning of November 7th. A 100-foot gash in the hull of the vessel caused the release of an estimated 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into the water.
De-Oiling the Delta: Video of the DM932 Oil Spill Response Read about the efforts of NOAA OR&R after the 2008 oil spill from barge DM932, the impacts to the Mississippi River, and the continuing restoration efforts.
Deepwater Horizon Trajectory Map Archive An archive of trajectory maps for the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill, created by NOAA OR&R.
Dispersant Mission Planner (DMP2) OR&R recently updated its Dispersant Mission Planner. The new planner, DMP2, is a tool that spill responders and planners can use to assess dispersant application system performance.
Downloading Compressed Files Suggestions for uncompacting zipped/compressed files.
Emergency Response - Guided Tours Learn about oil spills, chemical releases, and some of the NOAA software and systems that emergency responders use to protect the public and sensitive environments.
ESI Exercises Training exercises for Environmental Sensitivity Index maps.
exxon valdez Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Overview of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Includes links to many related resources, including photo galleries.
ExxonMobil Silvertip Pipeline spill in Yellowstone River MT NOAA has completed its objective of advising on the cleanup, assessing where the oil traveled during the spill, and successfully initiated the early phases of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment.
Field Tools Team: Equipping On-scene Responders and Improving Situational Awareness The Emergency Response Division's Field Tools Team works to advance OR&R on-scene response capabilities through the development of tools for data collection, synthesis, management, and sharing.
Hindsight and Foresight: 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Spill Short documentary revisiting the Exxon Valdez oil spill twenty years later, and the changes it brought about in its wake.
NOAA's Oil Spill Response Effort in the Gulf of Mexico NOAA is a vital part of the massive response effort on the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Oil Spills: A Guided Tour A number of things can result in the spill of a pollutant into the ocean.
Oil Trajectory Prediction Here's how our computer model predicted the oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez would travel across Prince William Sound, Alaska, during the first week after that spill started in March 1989.
OR&R Drift Card Studies Drift card studies conducted by NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Emergency Response Division (ERD).
OR&R Helps Teach Incident Command System (ICS) Class in Cameroon During the week of September 3-7, 2007, OR&R's Emergency Response Division (ERD) sent a member to Douala, Cameroon, West Africa to co-teach a class on Incident Command System (ICS).
OR&R Media Archive Media coverage of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) prior to 1995.
Safe Sanctuaries 2005 Video Links to movie downloads of the video produced as part of the emergency response drill, "Safe Sanctuaries," held in the Florida Keys in April 2005.
The Emergency Response Division (ERD) Role in OR&R OR&R's Emergency Response Division (ERD), formerly Hazardous Materials Response Division (HAZMAT), supports emergency response and restoration activities for oil and hazardous chemical spills, provides preparedness aids for response communities, and offers training on the scientific aspects of oil and chemical spill response.
 Training for Emergency Responders and Planners Training classes, as well as self-study units, for emergency responders, planners, and other interested people.
Workshops for Emergency Responders and Planners Workshops offered to spill response professionals in local, state, and federal governments and industry.

Software & Data Sets supporting Responding to Oil Spills Pages on our site that provide access to software created by the Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) to aid first responders, planners, and restoration practitioners.
Biological Resources
Animals and plants that may be impacted by oil spills are shown on ESI maps, along with other at-risk resources. There is also detailed information about their seasonality, concentrations, and breeding activities.
ERMA: Environmental Response Management Application
New Web-based GIS tool designed to assist emergency responders and planners who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment.
ESI Availability
Find out what regions have been mapped using the ESI method and download metadata, indexes, and fact sheets for each ESI atlas.
ESI Metadata
Information about the data (called metadata) in NOAA OR&R's Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) atlases.
ESI Toolbar
Use this suite of add-on tools to help you view and query ESI atlases that have been published in geodatabase format.
ESI Training
A new training module is now available for ESI users. The manual and associated training materials will help spill responders and planners learn to use ESI data in multiple formats.
GNOME Listserver
A forum for discussions and announcements among users of GNOME, OR&R's spill trajectory software.
Human-Use Resources
Human-use resources (such as public beaches and parks) that may be impacted by oil spills are shown on ESI maps, along with other at-risk resources.
A small version of the NUCOS icon. NUCOS: Unit Converter for Spill Responders
This new tool was designed for oil spill responders, but should be useful to many others.
Order ESI Maps and GIS Data
Find out how to order or download ESI maps and GIS data.
Shoreline Rankings
ESI shoreline rankings rate how sensitive an area would be to an oil spill.
icon for dispersant navigation. Spill Tools
A set of free programs designed for oil spill planners and responders, which you can download and use.
Spill Tools: An Oil Spill Response Exercise
A set of exercises to help responders and planners learn to use Spill Tools.
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Publications about Responding to Oil Spills Pages on our site that provide access to publications containing scientific information, field guides, and other material.
 An FOSC's Guide to NOAA Scientific Support
Version 2, July 2010

A guidebook for oil and chemical spill responders, describing the products and services that the NOAA Scientific Support Team can provide to Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSCs).
Fact Sheets: ERD Products and Services
Download one-page fact sheets about the products and services that OR&R's Emergency Response Division (ERD) provides.
Oil Spill Response and Killer Whales
This document provides supporting information for the killer whale section of the Northwest Wildlife Response Plan, Chapter 9970 of the NWACP.
A NOAA seafood tester examines seafood as part of a sensory test. Seafood Safety after an Oil Spill
Publications that describe how to monitor seafood for exposure and contamination after an oil spill.
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Web Portals to sites about Responding to Oil Spills Pages on our site that provide information about and access to Web sites of closely-related agencies and programs.
ERMA Web Portal
Web-based GIS tool designed to assist emergency responders and planners who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment.
NCP Product Schedule and Notebook
The NCP Product Schedule, prepared and maintained by EPA, lists dispersants and other chemical and biological agents that may be authorized for use on oil discharges. The Technical Notebook presents summary information on the conditions under which the products may be used.
CO-OPS (Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services)
The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) collects, analyzes, and distributes historical and real-time observations and predictions of water levels, coastal currents and other meteorological and oceanographic data.
CO-OPS and NDBC IOOS Web Portal
An oceanographic observation Web portal for the exchange of information for NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) and National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) IOOS participants.
Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL)
CSDL develops and improves cartographic, hydrographic, and oceanographic systems used by the Coast Survey and the National Ocean Service to provide products and services for the coastal marine community, especially in support of safe and efficient navigation and the utilization and protection of the coast.
Logo for the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC). Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC)
The Coastal Response Research Center is focused on developing new approaches to spill response and restoration in marine and estuarine environments through research and synthesis of information.
National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
NDBC provides comprehensive, reliable systems and marine observations (buoy, C-MAN, ship, and drifting buoy) to support the missions of the National Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA.
NOAA's nowCOAST
A GIS-based Web mapping portal, providing one-stop access to on-line, real-time coastal environmental observations and NOAA forecasts for any region in the coastal U.S.
Office of Coast Survey: Marine Modeling and Analysis Programs
The Office of Coast Survey's Marine Modeling and Analysis Programs (MMAP) develop, improve, and apply analytical methods and numerical techniques for the analysis, simulation, and real-time forecasting of oceanographic, atmospheric, and water quality parameters.
Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI)
Established by Congress in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, OSRI works to identify and develop the best available techniques, equipment, and materials for responding to oil spills in the Arctic and sub-Arctic marine environment.
PORTS® (Physical Oceanographic Real Time System)
NOAA's Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS®) provides quality controlled real-time oceanographic and meteorological data in support of safe and efficient marine navigation.
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Of Special Note: Emergency Response
ERMA Web Portal Web-based GIS tool designed to assist emergency responders and planners who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment.
CAMEO Chemicals Database of hazardous chemical datasheets that emergency responders and planners can use to get response recommendations and predict hazards. Available in online and downloadable versions.
CAMEO Chemicals Web Portal Use the online version of CAMEO Chemicals to search for hazardous chemical datasheets, get response recommendations, and find out how chemicals would react if they mixed.
CAMEO Software Suite Programs List of CAMEO software suite programs that are designed to help people prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies.
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