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.
December 16th, 2020 at 1pm
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Or call in (audio only): (206) 809-2214
Phone Conference ID: 144 532 092#
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
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
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.
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