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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - Response Plans  
Daily Monitoring Reports General Response Plans Process and Protocol Environment and Health

Daily Monitoring Reports

The Department issues Daily Monitoring Reports following post-response monitoring surveys. These reports contain a daily summary any oil observed on the Florida Beach being monitored. The updates include information on weather conditions, summary of findings, images and recommendations.

  • 12/18/14 - Escambia County segment FLES2-004 (NPS Ft. Pickens)
  • 12/17/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-018 and FLES1-021 (NPS Perdido Key)
  • 12/16/14 - Escambia County segment FLES2-005 (NPS Ft. Pickens)
  • 12/12/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-020 and FLES1-021 (NPS Perdido Key)
  • 12/10/14 - Escambia County segment FLES2-003 and FLES1-035 (NPS Ft. Pickens)
  • 12/09/14 - Escambia County segments FLES1-043, FLES1-020 and FLES1-021 (Perdido Key and Pensacola NAS)
  • 12/08/14 - Escambia County segments FLES1-016, FLES1-017 and FLES1-018 (Perdido Key)
  • 12/05/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-029 and FLES1-080 (NPS Perdido Key and Sugar Island)
  • 12/04/14 - Walton County segments FLWA1-025 and FLWA1-026 (Topsail Hill Preserve State Park)
  • 12/03/14 - Escambia County segments FLES2-002, FLES2-003, FLES2-004 and FLES1-035 (Ft. Pickens)
  • 12/02/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-017 and FLES2-018 (NPS Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach)
  • 12/01/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-017 and FLES1-020 (NPS Perdido Key)
  • 11/26/14 - Escambia County segments FLES2-003 and FLES2-004 (NPS Perdido Key and Ft. Pickens)
  • 11/25/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-035 and FLES2-005 (NPS Ft. Pickens).
  • 11/21/14 - Escambia County segment FLES2-010 and FLES2-011(NPS Ft Pickens)
  • 11/20/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-017 and FLES1-021(NPS Perdido Key)
  • 11/19/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-035, FLES2-002, FLES2-003, FLES2-004 (NPS Ft. Pickens)
  • 11/18/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-020 (NPS Perdido Key)
  • 11/14/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-035 (NPS Ft. Pickens)
  • 11/13/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-015 and FLES1-018 (NPS Perdido Key)
  • 11/12/14 - Escambia County segment FLES2-003, FLES2-004 and FLES2-007 (NPS Ft. Pickens)
  • 11/11/14 - Escambia County segment FLES1-016 and FLES1-017 (NPS Perdido Key)
  • 11/07/14 - Escambia County segment FLES2-002, FLES2-003 and FLES1-035 (NPS Ft. Pickens)

Daily Monitoring Reports Archive

General Response Plans

Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team [PDF - 294 KB]
The Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT) Plan outlines the role of SCAT teams and provides a process for collecting shoreline oil data used to create cleanup plans.

Treatment, Reuse and Disposal Options
BP has contracted with Waste Management Services for waste handling and final disposition of waste generated from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The BP MC252 Incident Waste Management and Disposal Plan has been approved by the Unified Command in Mobile with input from the state of Florida. In addition to BP’s plan, the Department, with input from local officials, has compiled information identifying potential waste disposal and treatment options incorporating local preferences for response, staging and disposal. These options include advantages, disadvantages, county contact information, websites, maps and other materials to help prepare Florida for additional response where necessary.


Land Farming Option for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Waste [PDF - 110 KB]
The purpose of this document is to provide a general overview of land farming techniques and handling options for solid oily waste and debris associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Near shore and Shoreline Stage I and II Response Plan [PDF - 7.0 MB]
This plan is designed to address response to verifying conditions and consists of three stages: Stage I: On-water recovery of floating oil slicks in near shore waters; Stage II: Initial cleaning of bulk oil from intertidal areas until the source is controlled; and Stage III: Removal of oil to habitat-specific cleanup endpoints once the source control is achieved.  

Florida’s Financial Plan for Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill [PDF - 124 KB]
BP is a responsible party for this incident and has granted the state $25 million to pay for initial state and local preparation and response costs. Florida’s initial priority for these funds is direct protective measures to protect coastlines threatened by the oil spill based on projected impact. Find out the guiding principles for prioritizing these funds.


Process and Protocol

Approval Process for County Requested Protective Measures BEYOND the Area Contingency Plan [PDF - 45 KB]
BP and the Coast Guard are using maps from the Area Contingency Plan (ACP) to develop boom plans needed to protect the environmentally sensitive areas for each county. Counties may submit supplemental plans for approval through the EOC using the process outlined in this document.

Approval Process for Responding to Use of Innovative Technology [PDF - 46 KB]
A number of individuals, companies and local governments have submitted innovative technology solutions to help protect Florida’s coasts. The EOC has developed an approval process for evaluating these technologies. Complete the Innovative Technology Evaluation Sheet [PDF - 130 KB].

Beach Restoration Plan [PDF - 117 KB]
This plan outlines protocol to replace sand removed from Florida beaches fronting the Gulf of Mexico, Straits of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean due to contamination from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BP Claims Process [PDF - 217 KB]
This document describes the claims process that has been established by BP to intake and process legitimate claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident. Because OPA is the premise under which the claims process has been established, BP is directed by OPA and USCG guidelines when assessing claims. Under OPA, BP must pay specific categories of damages caused by the spill including removal and cleanup costs, property damage, subsistence loss, net lost government revenue, net lost profits/earning capacity, cost of increased public services and natural resource damage.

BP Government Entity Claims Process Guidelines [PDF - 38 KB]
This process provides guidance to parishes, counties, local governments, and sub-units of those governments who administer separate budgets (“Local Government Entities”) and have or may incur costs in responding to the Deepwater Horizon Incident. BP has been working closely with Local Government Entities on the Deepwater Horizon Incident response, and this document is intended to provide guidance regarding the types of costs that BP will reimburse or advance where appropriate (“Government Entity Claims Process”). All claims by Local Government Entities will be handled by a specialized team and will be given high priority.

Deepwater Horizon (MC-252) Incident Final Solid Waste Management Plan, Mobile Sector (includes Florida), Version #009 dated June 24, 2010 [PDF - 784 KB]
Written at the request of the Incident Commander, the U.S. Coast Guard FOSC and the SOSC (MS, AL, FL) to plan for proper disposal of waste associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Responsible Party will utilize all resources available to recover the maximum feasible amount of oil spilled during the incident. This plan has been updated and extensively revised.

Protocols for Minimizing Adverse Effects to Wildlife During Nighttime Operations [PDF - 529 KB]
Recommended protocols for nighttime operations involving beach cleanup and nearshore skimming activities. These protocols are intended to minimize potential adverse effects to wildlife within the nearshore and shoreline ares.

Sampling Process Protocol [PDF - 150 KB]
Information on conducting water column, sediments and biological tissues sampling. Information can also be found at www.nrdata.org.

Sector Mobile, AL Deep Draft Vessel Evaluation and Cleaning Plan [PDF - 4.0 MB]
This plan serves to identify general guidance procedures to be followed by response vessels and those vessels transiting into port that may be impacted by oil within Sector Mobile, AL. Vessel operations may involve transiting through slicks, therefore their hulls and other vessel areas may be impacted with oil. This plan will be used for all vessels, either contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with oil, to confirm they are non-oiled or return them to a non oiled state.


Environment and Health

Florida’s Coastal Wetland Cleanup and Restoration Process [PDF - 147KB]
Outline of planned response for cleanup and restoration of Florida’s coastal wetlands if they are impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Issuance of Health Advisories [PDF - 38 KB]
This concept of operations establishes criteria for the county health departments to issue health advisories due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. The Florida Department of Health has adopted the beachwater sampling health advisories outlined in F.S. 514.023 as a model for issuance of health advisories for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Oiled Bird Recovery Operations Plan [PDF - 3.09 MB]
This plan outlines a full stand up of the oiled bird recover operations across Mobile Sector. A full stand up includes the division of the wildlife recovery function into aMississippi/Alabama group and Florida group under the Mobile Sector Unified Command, Wildlife Branch Director through the Deputy Director. This organization includes: Install a Deputy Branch Director Wildlife to ensure coverage of necessary operational and planning meetings and briefings, and to oversee the coordination of support for the Branch; Daphne Operations converted to Group status to cover wildlife recovery in Mississippi and Alabama; and Establish Florida (panhandle) Group based in Panama City.

Wildlife Management Plan [PDF - 256 KB]
The wildlife management plan follows procedures set forth by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s document “Best Practices for Migratory Bird Care During Oil Spill Response” and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s document “Marine Mammal Oil Spill Response Guidelines.”



Important Phone Numbers

  • Claims
    (800) 916-4893
  • Report Oil
    (800) 320-0519
  • Environment/Community Hotline
    (866) 448-5816

  • Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
    (713) 323-1670
  • DEP Press Office
    (850) 245-2112
  • News Archive

Last updated: December 19, 2014

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