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Oil Spill Assessment Training in Morgan City, Louisiana
People watching demonstration outdoors.
Scott Zengel of Research Planning, Inc. and Jeff Dauzat of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality demonstrate proper SCAT technique at Lake End Park in Morgan City, Louisiana. Image credit: NOAA.

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 — For years, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality have joined forces to teach a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) course in Louisiana for local responders. 

In 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria called many key federal and state officials to duty and the course was cancelled. This year, over 50 responders from U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources desperately needed access to these skills in preparation for a local oil spill. 

To fill the need of such a large number of students, OR&R completed a course on October 23-25 in Morgan City and will offer a second course in the spring. 

Students learn how to be a successful SCAT team member and how their efforts in the field will be incorporated into Unified Command’s decision making process for shoreline cleanup during oil spills.  

For additional information, contact Brandi.Todd@noaa.gov

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