Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill BP SuspensionHigh Levels of Anxiety are Found Among Children and Families in the Gulf Region Impacted by Oil Spill Disaster
August 3rd, 2010
Two months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion caused the oil spill now globally acknowledged as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, the residents of the Gulf region immediately impacted are exhibiting dramatically high levels of anxiety, both among adults and children, about the future health and well-being of the region.

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness / Children’s Health Fund survey reveals deep concerns about the entire region.


To volunteer or report an oiled shoreline, call the Deepwater Horizon Response Volunteer Request Line at: 1-866-448-5816

Wildlife – to report and access care for impacted wildlife: 1-866-557-1401

Sign Up for Deepwater Horizon Response Text Message Alerts

Deepwater Horizon Response Contacts

  • Services – to register as consultant, contractor, vendor, or submit information on alternative response technology, services, products or suggestions: 281-366-5511
  • Vessels of Opportunity – to report and register boats available to assist with response:
  • 281-366-5511
  • Claims: 800-440-0858
  • Federal Joint Information Center – Media and government inquiries: 985-902-5231
  • or 985-902-5240
  • Twitter:
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  • Joint Incident Command Website:
  • Transocean hotline: 832-587-8554
  • MI Swaco hotline: 888-318-6765
  • BP family and third-party contractor hotline: 281-366-5578

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Updates

The Gulf Coast’s Future:

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness is currently working with the Earth Institute of Columbia University to plan, convene and host a 2010 conference in New Orleans on the population impacts of the oil spill along with the impact of climate change and other factors on the stability of the region.

NCDP is also in the early stages of planning a population impact study of the oil spill on Gulf Coast communities, with an emphasis on children and families.

How big is the oil spill? Compare it to your own municipality.

Mapping the Response

NOAA Interactive Map:

ESRI Oil Spill Situational Awareness Viewer

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