Responding to oil spills is one of the roles the OWCN fulfills. However to effectively respond to oil spills means not only having the equipment and personnel, but also having our facilities prepared.
One of the ways we make sure our primary care facilities are prepared is by conducting drills. These drills can range from simple exercises conducted over the phone to the full-deployment of staff and resources to walk through setting up a facility.
The OWCN is currently preparing for a full-deployment drill on Thursday, May 21. The drill will be based at the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care Research Center (MWVCRC) in Santa Cruz, and will simulate setting up a facility for an oil spill response. Even though the drill will be based at the MWVCRC, that doesn’t mean your organization won’t be drilled. The drill can always be extended to include other member organizations, so keep your phones lines open!
In case you don’t hear from us, don’t worry. We’ll be sure to fill you in on all the fun!
-Kaiti, Volunteer Coordinator