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Response Tools for Oil Spills

Here is a quick guide to many of the most commonly used tools and resources that NOAA OR&R offers for oil spill responders and planners. General emergency responders may also want to refer to the quick list of tools and resources for chemical spill response.

Photo: Responder in helicopter.
NOAA develops a number of emergency response and planning tools for dealing with oil and chemical spills.
Software and Datasets
Publications, Training, and Other Resources
  • FOSC's Guide, describes the scientific products and services that NOAA can provide to FOSCs (Federal On-Scene Coordinators).
  • Incident Command System (ICS) forms, available as an electronic database.
  • Job Aids, field guides to assist with various response tasks.
  • Publications, a list of our spill response reports, guides, and publications.
  • Seafood Safety After an Oil Spill, background information and publications describing how to monitor seafood for exposure and contamination after an oil spill.
  • Training, classes and self-study options for spill response professionals.
More Information about Oil Spill Response

Learn more about OR&R's tools and resources for oil spill response. You can also find contact information for SSCs around the U.S., and a sampling of research publications written by OR&R scientists and other partners.

Last updated Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT