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  • THANK YOU

    Galveston County volunteers come through again.

    Since their deployment on March 23, Galveston County Community Emergency Response Team volunteers have committed 670 hours of work effort toward assisting with the Texas City Y Response. GCCERT members have assisted responders, patrolled beaches, helped protect wildlife and performed other important and essential duties.

    GCCERT is an extremely important element of emergency preparedness and response in our community.

    Click here for to learn more about CERT training and volunteer service opportunities.

    Document Link
  • Galveston Bay OPEN (3/29/14)

    All of the Safety Zones in the Galveston Bay have been lifted.  Galveston Bay is open to commercial and recreational use.

    Mariners are reminded to stay 500 feet away from oil spill cleanup operations.

     

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  • Texas City Y Response Update (3/27/14 - 8:00 p.m.)

    The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston has opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    A current Broadcast Notice to Mariners instructs all boaters that the safety zone remains in affect, however all restrictions are lifted except to transit using safe distance and minimum safe speeds in the vicinity of any oil spill response or salvage operations and to avoid all areas of sheening or visible oil. If any oil is sighted, boaters should report it to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

    While all recreational activities, including swimming is open, the DSHS does advise people not to swim in areas where they can see oil.

    The DSHS stated that there is no indication that seafood in the marketplace has been impacted by the oil spill. For more information please visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm.

    After storms Wednesday afternoon and evening slowed cleanup efforts somewhat in the Ports of Texas City and Galveston because of safety concerns, responders quickly ramped up their operations during the first hours of daylight to resume cleaning contaminated areas, Thursday.

    The rough weather is expected to continue to subside throughout the rest of the week, and into the weekend, allowing responders to continue cleanup efforts. Mariners are also advised as they are transiting through the port to keep a watchful eye out for protective boom and other response equipment floating in their path. If found, please report the hazard to navigation to the Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16.

    Weather conditions closed 5 of the 6 decontamination stations established for boats in the area, Wednesday evening, but all reopened as the weather calmed today. Forty vessels in total have been cleaned since Saturday’s spill, with 62 more in queue.

    A vessel decontamination plan has been formulated to assist vessels that may have been impacted by oil. The sites of the stations are Pelican Cut, Galveston and Bolivar. To schedule a vessel decontamination call (832)-244-1870.

    A second Incident Command Post was established in Port O’Connor, Texas, Wednesday, and are directly responding to any possible local area impact. For more information, contact the Matagorda Bay Joint Information Center at (214) 225-8007.

    Volunteers are expected to begin being utilized Friday morning. 949 volunteers registered to help search the shorelines for pockets of oil, birds or other wildlife that may have been affected by the spill. These volunteers will report this information to the Unified Command, who will then send response crews with proper training and equipment.

    Wildlife responders currently include experts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and are responding with rehabilitation, husbandry and stabilization trailers staged along the Texas City Dike, Bolivar Peninsula and the Phoenix Pollution Control Facility. Responders have found 45 birds that were dead on arrival to the stabilization trailers, and they are currently rehabilitating 12 birds.

    The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.

    For claims, call (855)-276-1275.

     

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    For more information contact:
    Texas City Y Response JIC
    Unified Command
    (713) 435-1505
    Galveston Island Convention Center
    5600 Seawall Blvd.
    Galveston, TX 77554
    TexasCityYResponse@gmail.com
    Document Link
  • Texas City Y Incident Response (3/26/14 - 12:45 p.m.)

    The Coast Guard continues clean up operations in the Port of Houston/Galveston after having authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday.

    The Port Coordination Team is prioritizing ships for transit through the channel. Barges are being allowed to transit through the Houston Ship Channel and on the Intracoastal Waterway, after assessment teams deemed the channel clear. 

    Cleanup efforts focused heavily on the environmentally sensitive lagoon area of East Beach Tuesday. Other areas where significant amounts of oil were recovered include Big Reef, Pelican Island and the Texas City Dike.

    Weather conditions in the Port of Houston/Galveston pushed oil 12 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, and into a southwesterly direction along the coast. The Unified Command has begun preparations to prevent potential environmental impact in the Matagorda area, as Wednesday’s weather forecast may push some of the contaminant to the shore. Response personnel, wildlife resources and protective equipment are being deployed out of Port Lavaca in accordance with the tactics outlined in the Area Contingency Plan.

    Air monitoring continues throughout the general area, although readings have consistently shown no reason for health concerns.

    A vessel decontamination plan has been formulated to assist vessels that may have been impacted by oil. The sites of the stations are Pelican Cut, Galveston and Bolivar. To schedule a vessel decontamination call (832)-244-1870.

    The Galveston Bolivar ferry is running and will be operating between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

    Experts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are responding with rehabilitation, husbandry and stabilization trailers staged along the Texas City Dike, Bolivar Peninsula and the Phoenix Pollution Control Facility.

    The public is reminded to refrain from capturing any potentially affected wildlife and is urged to contact 1-(888)-384-2000 if oiled wildlife is observed. Reporting photos of wildlife can also be emailed to wildlife@co.galveston.tx.us

    Details from the response efforts are as follows:

    -       Total nonconsecutive shoreline impacted – 18.9 miles
    -       Recovered gallons of oily-water – 175,098 gallons
    -       Recovered bags of solid waste – 1,799 bags
    -       Total gallons of oil evaporated – 18,480 gallons
    -       Natural dispersion rate of oil – 2,100 gallons
    -       Total containment boom deployed – 69,268 feet
    -       Total containment boom staged – 253,300 feet
    -       Additional containment boom ordered – 5,400 feet
    -       Response vessels assigned – 70 vessels
    -       Total personnel in the field – 940
    -       Total personnel in the Incident Command Post - 324

    For those interested in volunteering, a list is being developed. Please call (713)-435-1562.

    The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.

    For claims, call (855)-276-1275.

    For further information or media inquires contact the Joint Information Center in Texas City at (713)-435-1505.

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    For more information contact:
    Texas City Y Response JIC
    Unified Command
    (713) 435-1505
    www.TexasCityYResponse.com
    2010 5th Ave. N.
    Texas City, TX 77590
    TexasCityYResponse@gmail.com
    Document Link

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Galveston County Office of Emergency Management

1353 FM 646W, Suite 201
Dickinson, Texas 77539
http://www.gcoem.org/
281-309-5002
FAX 888-534-5607
Toll-Free/24-Hour On-Call 888-384-2000

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  • THANK YOU

    Galveston County volunteers come through again.

    Since their deployment on March 23, Galveston County Community Emergency Response Team volunteers have committed 670 hours of work effort toward assisting with the Texas City Y Response. GCCERT members have assisted responders, patrolled beaches, helped protect wildlife and performed other important and essential duties.

    GCCERT is an extremely important element of emergency preparedness and response in our community.

    Click here for to learn more about CERT training and volunteer service opportunities.

    Document Link
  • Galveston Bay OPEN (3/29/14)

    All of the Safety Zones in the Galveston Bay have been lifted.  Galveston Bay is open to commercial and recreational use.

    Mariners are reminded to stay 500 feet away from oil spill cleanup operations.

     

    Document Link
  • Texas City Y Response Update (3/27/14 - 8:00 p.m.)

    The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston has opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    A current Broadcast Notice to Mariners instructs all boaters that the safety zone remains in affect, however all restrictions are lifted except to transit using safe distance and minimum safe speeds in the vicinity of any oil spill response or salvage operations and to avoid all areas of sheening or visible oil. If any oil is sighted, boaters should report it to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

    While all recreational activities, including swimming is open, the DSHS does advise people not to swim in areas where they can see oil.

    The DSHS stated that there is no indication that seafood in the marketplace has been impacted by the oil spill. For more information please visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm.

    After storms Wednesday afternoon and evening slowed cleanup efforts somewhat in the Ports of Texas City and Galveston because of safety concerns, responders quickly ramped up their operations during the first hours of daylight to resume cleaning contaminated areas, Thursday.

    The rough weather is expected to continue to subside throughout the rest of the week, and into the weekend, allowing responders to continue cleanup efforts. Mariners are also advised as they are transiting through the port to keep a watchful eye out for protective boom and other response equipment floating in their path. If found, please report the hazard to navigation to the Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16.

    Weather conditions closed 5 of the 6 decontamination stations established for boats in the area, Wednesday evening, but all reopened as the weather calmed today. Forty vessels in total have been cleaned since Saturday’s spill, with 62 more in queue.

    A vessel decontamination plan has been formulated to assist vessels that may have been impacted by oil. The sites of the stations are Pelican Cut, Galveston and Bolivar. To schedule a vessel decontamination call (832)-244-1870.

    A second Incident Command Post was established in Port O’Connor, Texas, Wednesday, and are directly responding to any possible local area impact. For more information, contact the Matagorda Bay Joint Information Center at (214) 225-8007.

    Volunteers are expected to begin being utilized Friday morning. 949 volunteers registered to help search the shorelines for pockets of oil, birds or other wildlife that may have been affected by the spill. These volunteers will report this information to the Unified Command, who will then send response crews with proper training and equipment.

    Wildlife responders currently include experts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and are responding with rehabilitation, husbandry and stabilization trailers staged along the Texas City Dike, Bolivar Peninsula and the Phoenix Pollution Control Facility. Responders have found 45 birds that were dead on arrival to the stabilization trailers, and they are currently rehabilitating 12 birds.

    The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.

    For claims, call (855)-276-1275.

     

    ###

    For more information contact:
    Texas City Y Response JIC
    Unified Command
    (713) 435-1505
    Galveston Island Convention Center
    5600 Seawall Blvd.
    Galveston, TX 77554
    TexasCityYResponse@gmail.com
    Document Link
  • Texas City Y Incident Response (3/26/14 - 12:45 p.m.)

    The Coast Guard continues clean up operations in the Port of Houston/Galveston after having authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday.

    The Port Coordination Team is prioritizing ships for transit through the channel. Barges are being allowed to transit through the Houston Ship Channel and on the Intracoastal Waterway, after assessment teams deemed the channel clear. 

    Cleanup efforts focused heavily on the environmentally sensitive lagoon area of East Beach Tuesday. Other areas where significant amounts of oil were recovered include Big Reef, Pelican Island and the Texas City Dike.

    Weather conditions in the Port of Houston/Galveston pushed oil 12 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, and into a southwesterly direction along the coast. The Unified Command has begun preparations to prevent potential environmental impact in the Matagorda area, as Wednesday’s weather forecast may push some of the contaminant to the shore. Response personnel, wildlife resources and protective equipment are being deployed out of Port Lavaca in accordance with the tactics outlined in the Area Contingency Plan.

    Air monitoring continues throughout the general area, although readings have consistently shown no reason for health concerns.

    A vessel decontamination plan has been formulated to assist vessels that may have been impacted by oil. The sites of the stations are Pelican Cut, Galveston and Bolivar. To schedule a vessel decontamination call (832)-244-1870.

    The Galveston Bolivar ferry is running and will be operating between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

    Experts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are responding with rehabilitation, husbandry and stabilization trailers staged along the Texas City Dike, Bolivar Peninsula and the Phoenix Pollution Control Facility.

    The public is reminded to refrain from capturing any potentially affected wildlife and is urged to contact 1-(888)-384-2000 if oiled wildlife is observed. Reporting photos of wildlife can also be emailed to wildlife@co.galveston.tx.us

    Details from the response efforts are as follows:

    -       Total nonconsecutive shoreline impacted – 18.9 miles
    -       Recovered gallons of oily-water – 175,098 gallons
    -       Recovered bags of solid waste – 1,799 bags
    -       Total gallons of oil evaporated – 18,480 gallons
    -       Natural dispersion rate of oil – 2,100 gallons
    -       Total containment boom deployed – 69,268 feet
    -       Total containment boom staged – 253,300 feet
    -       Additional containment boom ordered – 5,400 feet
    -       Response vessels assigned – 70 vessels
    -       Total personnel in the field – 940
    -       Total personnel in the Incident Command Post - 324

    For those interested in volunteering, a list is being developed. Please call (713)-435-1562.

    The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.

    For claims, call (855)-276-1275.

    For further information or media inquires contact the Joint Information Center in Texas City at (713)-435-1505.

    ###

    For more information contact:
    Texas City Y Response JIC
    Unified Command
    (713) 435-1505
    www.TexasCityYResponse.com
    2010 5th Ave. N.
    Texas City, TX 77590
    TexasCityYResponse@gmail.com
    Document Link

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