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Coastal Crisis: Alabama Impact
The LIVE one-hour special from Gulf Shores features reports from Raycom TV stations in Alabama. We will present the problems and possible solutions to the cleanup and containment efforts in Alabama following the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf.

The special will air LIVE from Gulf Shores on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, from 8 p.m. EDT to 9 p.m. EDT.
You can watch it LIVE on WTVM.com or on News Leader 9.

You can get involve too!
Before and during the special, join us for our LIVE "Coastal Crisis: Impact Alabama" web chat beginning at 6:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. CDT.  Do you have questions? Concerns? Ask our panel of experts and join the discussion right here.  You can also email your question to  
CoastalCrisis@RaycomMedia.com. Also, follow News Leader 9's James Valles from Gulf Shores, AL right now on Twitter!
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  • MDEQ director: Perception still a problem with oil spill

    MDEQ director: Perception still a problem with oil spill

    Tuesday, April 19 2011 3:02 PM EDT2011-04-19 19:02:47 GMT
    Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Director Trudy Fisher is pleased with the overall response and clean-up of the oil spill along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She spoke with WLOX about the one year anniversary of the BP spill. The MDEQ has been at the forefront in the ongoing response efforts, which included taking water samples in the Mississippi Sound and monitoring the clean-up operations on the mainland beaches and barrier islands. "On the clean-up and response...More >>
    The director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says she's pleased with the response and clean-up of the oil on this week's one year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Trudy Fisher says the biggest challenge still remaining is perception.More >>
  • Cat Island clean-up crews making progress

    Cat Island clean-up crews making progress

    Monday, April 18 2011 6:47 PM EDT2011-04-18 22:47:34 GMT
    Monday, April 18 2011 9:29 PM EDT2011-04-19 01:29:30 GMT
    About two dozen clean-up workers spent the day Monday picking up small tar balls along the eastern shore of Cat Island. The contractor hired by BP to clean that barrier island has a command center set-up on a barge that's anchored along the north side of the island. On this week marking the one year anniversary of the oil spill, WLOX News accompanied DEQ representatives on a tour of Cat Island. As our boat approached from the north, it was easy to spot the beauty of this barrie...More >>
    Clean-up crews contracted by BP are making progress clearing the tar balls and waste oil from Cat Island. The oil giant recently purchased a portion of the island from private owners.More >>
  • Mississippi barrier islands still recovering from spill

    Mississippi barrier islands still recovering from spill

    Wednesday, April 20 2011 8:26 AM EDT2011-04-20 12:26:36 GMT
    Mississippi's barrier islands were among the areas most damaged by oil washing ashore from the BP disaster one year ago. The subsequent clean-up operation on the islands has removed nearly four million pounds of tar balls and oil patties. Much of that work was scaled-back last month so clean-up crews don't disturb nesting birds on the barrier islands. "People are ready to get out. Spring fever is here and they want to get back out to the islands," said Louis Skrmetta, whose...More >>
    Louis Skrmetta is hoping for a busy summer season for Ship Island Excursions. Opening day, the family ferry business took more than 500 visitors to the island. That's good news, since last year his business was down by about 60 percent because of the oil spill.More >>
Coastal Crisis: Impact Alabama


Helpful phone numbers & links

National Response Center
1-800-424-8802

Oil spill related damages
1-800-440-0858

Offer your boat to assist efforts
(281) 366-5511

Report oil impacts to wildlife
1-866-557-1401

Volunteer
1-866-448-5816
1-888-421-1266
2-1-1 (Alabama Only)

Contractor Opportunities
(334) 260-4510

Alabama Emergency Management Agency 
1-800-843-0699

Alabama Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources
(251) 626-5153

Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency
(251) 972-6807

Baldwin County Health Department
Health Related Questions (251) 947-1910

Mobile County Emergency Management Agency
(251) 460-8000

Mobile County Health Department
(251) 690-8158

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Visitors Bureau
1-800-745-7263

Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau
1-800-566-2453

Dauphin Island Visitors Bureau
(251) 861-2150

Helpful links:
BP Response Efforts
NOAA
ADEM

AEMA
Baldwin County EMA
Mobile County EMA
Alabama Governor's Office
Faith Based & Community Initiatives
Area Contingency Plan (ACP)

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