Gulf Coast Relief

28 June 2010 by

At the end of April British Petroleum, better known as BP, experienced an explosion of their ship the Deepwater Horizon, where 11 people died and oil began seeping into the Gulf of Mexico. The California Community Foundation estimates that nearly 1 billion gallons of oil has flooded into the ocean since the explosion in April. Foundations such as the California Community Foundation are concerned about the immediate and long-term effects of the oil spill to the communities and habitats around the gulf. According to National Wildlife Federation, “wildlife and wild places are facing the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history. Dolphins, manatees, countless fish species–as well as nesting birds and sea turtles–all are at risk in the Gulf due to the oil spill.”

Heavily oiled Brown Pelicans captured at Grand Isle, Louisiana on Thursday, June 3, 2010 wait to be cleaned of Gulf spill crude at The Fort Jackson Wildlife Care Center in Buras, LA.

With the amount of oil that has been dumped into the gulf increasing daily so does the risk of humans being exposed to the dangerous chemicals in the oil. According to there are severe health impacts associated with the oil spill. These symptoms and effects range from headaches to cardiovascular damage and pulmonary disease to those who may come into contact with the oil through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact.

The California Community Foundation is urging people to donate their time, money or supplies to aid in the clean up of the gulf. On their website the Foundation lists an incomplete list of four other not for profit organizations that are taking donations to aid in the relief. Before giving to a not for profit you should check with the IRS to make sure the organization is registered and is a legitimate foundation. This will make sure that the organization is using your donation in a proper manner and going to the cause you are supporting.

The Louisiana Gulf Response is a volunteer program where people can become certified and committee time to cleaning up the gulf. On their website they have a list of various items that they are asking individuals, communities or businesses to help donate. Volunteers need these items during their day-to-day projects such as bug spray, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer.

Grand Isle State Park Tar Ball

We such an overwhelming support during the crisis in Haiti and we believe that the self storage industry can also step up support the relief efforts in the gulf. If you or someone you know has put together a relief fund or is gathering supplies to donate please let us know so we can spread the word to the rest of the self storage community. We know that our list of organizations to donate to is incomplete and we welcome any other suggestions to add to the list, these are just a few suggestions to get you started.  Maybe you cannot donate your time to cleaning up the gulf, but please take a look at a few of these organizations and see what you can give to help clean up and protect these communities and habitats from this unfortunate event.

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