Environmental Health and Safety
For more information on Florida’s
Deepwater Horizon response, as
well as health and safety tips, please visit
the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's Deepwater Horizon Response
RestoretheGulf.gov is the official federal portal for the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill response and recovery.
This site provides the public with information on the response, current operations, news and updates, how to file a claim and
obtain other assistance, and links to federal, state and local partners. For more information visit
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s lead agency for food safety.
For nearly a year, the agency’s sophisticated food safety lab has been testing samples of Florida Gulf seafood for possible
contamination. All findings are well below the FDA’s levels of concern. For more information, visit
BP's Florida Response Website provides the latest news on the Gulf environment, economic conditions,
BP activities to support restoration and related news about the impact of the oil spill.
For information on air quality,
water samples, sediment, dispersants, and
waste disposal, visit the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's
BP Oil Spill Response page.
For general health/exposures
questions related to the oil spill,
contact the Florida Poison Information Center
Oil Pollution Act of 1990
Under the U. S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990
(OPA), the federal government and impacted state governments act as “trustees” charged
with recovering environmental damages due to oil pollution from the responsible parties
in order to restore injuries to the public’s natural resources. The Trustees, including
the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, recently released an Early Restoration Plan that contains procedures
for awarding grants to pay government agencies for the cost of approved restoration
projects. Under Phase I, the Trustees have identified eight projects in four states,
including two in Florida, which will receive a total of $57 million. The $57 million
is part of $1 billion in payments agreed to by BP and the Trustees as part of the
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process under OPA. Eventually, each of the
affected states will receive $100 million for the early restoration phase. This money is
only a down payment on the eventual cost to BP for natural resources damages. For more
information on the NRDA early restoration plan and environmental assessment, go to
Personal and Small Business
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal Disaster Assistance Loans
SBA Customer Service Line For Businesses: Call 1-800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Department of Financial Services Small Business Assistance
and Business Owner Insurance Coverage Hotline
Call (850) 413-3089, (877) MY-FL-CFO, (877) 693-5236, TDD: (850) 410-9700
Information on the types of claims from the U.S. Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center
Visit their Oil Spill Claims
website for information on who can submit a claim under the Oil Pollution Act.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Guidance on Gulf Oil Spill
If you experience filing or payment hardships due to the oil spill, contact the IRS at 1-866-562-5227.
Information and help for individuals and businesses from the IRS, view their publication The Gulf Oil Spill and Your Taxes.
Review the IRS's Oil Spill Questions and Answers
for more Information for taxpayers related to the oil spill.
Small Business Development Centers
A network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in Florida is referred to as the Florida Small Business Development
Center Network (FSBDCN). The FSBDCN program is administered by the State Office in Pensacola. SBDCs are hosted primarily by
universities and colleges located throughout Florida. Each SBDC provides counseling and business expertise in their area to
small business owners or those who want to start a business in Florida. The FSBDCN is a non-profit organization funded in part
through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and hosted by the University of West Florida.
The Center at the University of West Florida in Pensacola has assisted hundreds of businesses with filing the necessary claim
documentation and justification for their GCCF oil spill claims.
University of West Florida
Office of Economic Development & Engagement
Small Business Development Center
401 E. Chase St., Suite 100
Pensacola, FL 32502-5750
Telephone: (850) 595-0063
Larry Strain, Executive Director
The North Florida Center for Equal Justice
The North Florida Center for Equal Justice (NFCFEJ) and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. were awarded funding
through the Mississippi Center for Justice to assist Florida claimants with BP oil spill claims. In a joint effort,
NFCFEJ and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. work in some capacity with all Florida claimants needing assistance.
The funding was made available through GCCF to Mississippi Center for Justice for each of the five affected coastal
states. The free legal services program will not provide assistance for lawsuits filed against BP or claims filed with
the Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center.
2121 Delta Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Telephone: (850) 701-3980
Fax: (850) 701-3985
Web site: www.nfcfej.org
Florida Legal Services, Inc.
Offices in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, and Miami
Been a victim of fraud related to the oil spill?
Call the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721, email email@example.com
, or fax (225) 334-4707.
Concerned about legal solicitations and representation?
Advisory from the Florida Bar