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 website at
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
For information on air
quality, water samples, sediment,
dispersants, and waste disposal,
visit the U.S. Environmental Protection
BP Oil Spill Response page.
For general health/exposures
questions related to the oil spill,
contact the Florida Poison Information
Center at 1-800-222-1222.
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
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
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
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
2121 Delta Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Telephone: (850) 701-3980
Fax: (850) 701-3985
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
, or fax (225) 334-4707.
Concerned about legal solicitations and representation?
Advisory from the Florida Bar