Register Now: NWACP Communication Workshops

Registration for JIC/Liaison Workshop and Wildlife Communications Workshop. 

Hosted by: Clean Rivers Cooperative, Washington State Maritime Cooperative, Washington State Department of Ecology,  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Focus Wildlife

Who should attend: Joint Information Center staff, Public Information Officers, Liaison staff and officers, Unified Command, and other decision-makers.

In-person and Virtual Option: We are planning an in-person option at the Clean Rivers Cooperative office (200 SW Market St., Ste 190, Portland, OR 97201) and a virtual option. Space will be limited for the in-person, so please register early.

Wildlife Communication Workshop — August 9, 2022 (in-person and virtual) 

Like it or not, wildlife is the “face” of the incident, and those faces tell a compelling story. This workshop is focused on understanding the phases of wildlife response; critical decisions in 96 hours and the role of communications during the response.  You will learn:

  • Triggers for activating wildlife response
  • Basic operational components for each phase including deterrence through release/ongoing monitoring
  • Coordination between regulatory agencies; the expectation for daily wildlife reports to those agencies; requirement for end of year report listing all wildlife admitted
  • Regulatory role in decision-making and communication
  • Wildlife communication — Setting expectations and building public trust
  • Mitigating public safety issues and harm to wildlife

Joint Information Center and Liaison Communication Workshop — August 10, 2022 (in-person and virtual)

How well you communicate about a response will make or break the response in the public opinion arena. This workshop will be a collaborative learning experience focused on the importance of messaging and overall emergency response communication tactics. The sessions will expand on strategies in the Northwest Area Contingency Plan JIC manual and expectations outlined in the 96-hour checklist. The workshops will review guidelines already in place as well as draft, drill, and discuss strategic messaging. Together, participants will share their experiences in crisis communication, provide their perspectives for refining the plan and checklist, and fine-tune their own skills. You will learn:

  • What you say and when to say it
  • How to use the 96-hour checklist
  • How to develop your social media strategy
  • As decisions makers, what you should be expecting from your JIC and Liaison Officers


Which workshop are you registering for?(Required)
The workshop is being offered both in-person and virtually.(Required)
We are limited in space for in-person participation and are requesting that you pick from one of the following options.
For the JIC/Liaison Workshop only:(Required)
The workshop has an exercise component. We are looking for key players in the JIC, Liaison, and Unified Command. Please choose from the following list.
We will be utilizing JETTY as part of the JIC/Liaison Workshop. Would you be interested in JETTY training before the workshop?
What is your level of expertise in oil spill response?
What is your level of familiarity with the Northwest Area Contingency Plan?
Do you have experience with responses that have a wildlife impact component?

Habitat Strategic Initiative Grant Program Webinar: Pilot Program – “Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support” Training

Are you interested in how to use training and development opportunities to connect volunteer organizations with agencies and others that can use them in an emergency?

Each year, over 20 billion gallons of oil and other hazardous chemicals are transported in the Puget Sound.  Trained volunteers can support spill response and assessment led by local and state agencies. The Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support (OSARS) training was designed to engage and prepare volunteer organizations to assist with oil spills in the Puget Sound region. This pilot program has helped to determine how to best connect volunteer organizations to oil spill response leads through expert-led trainings.  With continued OSARS trainings, diverse volunteer organizations can help build a network to support the coordinated agency response to oil spill emergencies.

Join the Habitat Strategic Initiative and Washington State University Extension on December 16th, 2020 at 1pm to learn more about the OSARS pilot program and the novel approach to connecting volunteer organizations with local and state emergency response agencies. For a project summary, check out the Project Factsheet.

Webinar Details

December 16th, 2020 at 1pm

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only): (206) 809-2214

Phone Conference ID: 144 532 092#

Project leads

Dr. Patricia Townsend is an Extension Specialist for Washington State University (WSU) and directs the Natural Resource Programs at Snohomish County Extension including Beach Watchers, Sustainable Community Stewards, and Promotores del Medio Ambiente. Patricia also works with stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest on issues related to climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, ecosystem services, and green infrastructure. Patricia received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a M.S. from the University of Florida.

Associate Professor and Natural Resources Regional Extension Specialist

Snohomish County Extension

Urban Natural Resources Specialist

Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension

Washington State University

Snohomish County WSU Extension

(425) 357-6020

Jonathan Robinson is the Beach Watcher Program Coordinator for Washington State University (WSU) Extension in Snohomish County.  In this position he oversees volunteers that are dedicated to protecting the Salish Sea through education, research and stewardship.  Jonathan received his M.S. from Western Washington University and B.A from University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Beach Watchers Program Coordinator

Washington State University Snohomish County Extension

(425) 357-6008

This project is associated with NTA 2016-0315

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J22301 through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Please contact Jennifer Griffiths (jennifer.griffiths@dfw or Cynthia Catton ( with general questions regarding the Habitat Strategic Initiative and Cynthia Harbison ( regarding the webinar. Follow the work of all the Strategic Initiatives on our blog.

Oil Spill Awareness and Support Training – Register Now!

Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support (OSARS) Volunteers
September 19 & 26, 2020  (Download the OSARS Training Flyer) | Click to Register 

OSARS Volunteers is designed to engage and prepare volunteers to assist with oil spills in the Puget Sound region. Each year, over 20 billion gallons of oil and other hazardous chemicals are transported in Puget sound. Trained volunteers can support spill response and assessment.


We want to recruit volunteers from organizations around Puget Sound. These include WSU Beach Watchers, Beach Naturalists and Shore Stewards, MRC, Audubon Society, COASST, PAWS, and many more. Volunteers from diverse organizations will help build a network to respond to an oil spill emergency.

When & Where
The program will occur on September 19 and 26, 2020 and will meet on-line via Zoom. Registration ends September 17th, for information visit:
Please register before August 24th to receive a $15 discount!

For more information contact Patricia Townsend (

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Jonathan Robinson at (425) 357-6008 or at least two weeks prior to the event. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.