Oil spill: How to help

A list of resources for donating or volunteering to help the Gulf coast following the massive oil spill, and to report health or environmental concerns:

Where to donate:

How to volunteer:

To report:

Health concerns:

Environmental concerns:

  • BP's environmental hotline: 866-448-5816
  • BP's wildlife distress hotline: 866-557-1401 Messages on this line are checked hourly. Include the type of animal, location, time, and your contact information in your message. Do not try to help animals yourself — doing so could harm both you and the animal that you are trying to rescue because the chemicals in oil are toxic.
  • Report stranded dolphins or sea turtles to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies hotline at 1-888-SOS-DOLPHIN (1-888-767-3657).
  • Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline: 877-433-8299 Or, in Alabama, call 888-767-3657. In Florida, call 888-404-FWCC (3922). In Louisiana, call 504-235-3005. In Mississippi, call 888-806-1674. In Texas, call 800-9MAMMAL. For a directory of Marine Mammal Stranding Network participants, click .
  • To submit a report online to the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, click here.
  • To report injured or orphaned wildlife to the SPCA Wildlife Center, call 954-524-4302 or 866-SOS-WILD.
  • Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary's rescue hotline: 727-391-6211
  • To report a fish kill, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute at 1-800-636-0511 or submit a fish kill report online.
  • To report dead birds in Florida, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by filling out their online form or calling 888-404-3922.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Joint Information Center: 1-985-902-5231
  • To report an oil spill in Texas, call the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at 1-800-832-8224.
  • Report oil smells or sightings to the National Response Center by calling 800-424-8802.
  • Report damaged, vandalized, adrift, or stolen boom to the Deepwater Horizon Response by calling 1-866-448-5816. In
  • To report on-shore debris in Alabama, call 202-309-9559.
  • If you have claims related to damages caused by the oil spill, call 1-800-440-0858 or submit your claim online.
  • Report the effects of the oil disaster on your iPhone when you download Oil Spill Response or Oil Reporter.