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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Resources

This page features links to information on the Gulf oil spill, including disaster response and cleanup efforts, volunteer activities, the lost income and damages claims process for businesses and individuals, and other tools.

Regional Resources

Federal financial regulators, along with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, released interagency guidance to help financial institutions and their customers affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The statement urges financial institutions to work with borrowers who may need additional time to resolve financial uncertainties related to the effects of the spill.

The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil spill Web site, hosted by four GOM Sea Grant programs, gives visitors access to a wealth of data concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Web site content is updated continually. Visitors should check back often for new and revised information.

BP's Gulf of Mexico Response offers continuous updates on events as well as instructions and forms for businesses and individuals to submit claims for damages and lost income.

The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Gulf Oil Spill Information Center offers tax information and assistance from the IRS for individuals and businesses affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Oil Spill Academic Task Force presents research and forecasts for the oil spill from a consortium of scientists and scholars in the state of Florida's public and private universities working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

State Resources

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi


HandsOn Alabama allows people to register to volunteer for local oil spill cleanup projects.

Alabama's Office of Governor Bob Riley provides news and other information on the spill as well as a number of tools such as phone numbers and links to make claims, report oiled shoreline or wildlife, and register to volunteer in cleanup efforts.


The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection offers news on the spill and a wide range of resources for individuals, businesses, and local governments. It also lists public notices related to the spill. lists notices of fishing closures and travel advisories on affected areas of the Florida shoreline and on tourist destinations.

Volunteer Florida provides links and timely information about the spill, and allows residents to register to volunteer for local cleanup projects.


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations' Web site is designed to help nonprofit organizations, prospective volunteers, local residents, and others stay informed and participate effectively in oil spill response efforts. offers information about the state's response to the oil spill along with general information for the public and updates for the media.

Volunteer Louisiana provides information on the spill and allows individuals to register to volunteer for local cleanup projects.


The Mississippi State Department of Health provides updates on the public health aspects of the oil spill.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources offers information on the state's grant program that funds efforts by county and municipal governments to implement projects related to the oil spill. Also available is the grant application form.

Volunteer Mississippi describes spill cleanup projects, provides news and other information, and lists phone numbers and links for residents to make claims, report oiled shoreline and wildlife, submit their boat for use in cleanup projects, and register to volunteer in cleanup efforts.