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Oil cleanup volunteers need to be trained

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Volunteers are needed to help with oil cleanup should it come ashore in Jackson County, but those volunteers need to be trained.

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran says she talked with BP officials who warn that should the oil come ashore in South Mississippi, people should not clean up the beaches themselves without training because the oil that could wash up is toxic and could make people ill.

Mayor Moran says BP, Jackson County leaders and environmentalists do encourage people to sign up for training to help cleanup should our shores be impacted. You can sign up for training at http://www.oilspillvolunteers.com/.

And if you want to train to help wildlife that may be effected by the spill, you can go to www.Pascagoulariver.audubon.org to sign up.

BP also released the following numbers for people to report oil related damage:

  • To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401 and leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly.
  • To discuss spill related damage, call 1-800-440-0858.
  • To report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, call 1-866-448-5816.

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