Toolkit for Oil Spills & Drills

This site contains frequently used forms and documents specific to Washington State. It may be helpful for training staff or use in drills when Ecology cannot participate.  These documents are in Word format and are printable.

General Resources

Ecology’s approach to oil spills: describes Ecology’s “rapid, aggressive, well-coordinated response” doctrine. This is the "standard" that Ecology holds for plan holders in both drills and spills.

Oil spill incident typing: explains the “types” or scale of incidents. Severity, complexity, resource use, and response considerations are covered.

Shift Relief Briefing Form: This form is used for briefing during staffing transitions.

Emergency Consultations

Documentation of ESA Section 7 emergency consultations during emergency response activities FOSC initial information report: Used by the FOSC to provide information to the Department of Interior and NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator.

Documentation of ESA Section 7 emergency consultation during emergency response activities FWS/NMFS response: Used by the Department of Interior and NOAA Scientific Support Coordinator to document the Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultation during a spill.

Documentation of emergency response decision that adversely affects historic properties or cultural resources: Used by the FOSC to document and communicate deliberate or unintentional adverse impacts historic properties or cultural resources from a spill response.

Unified Command Resources

Example objectives for oil spill incidents: These objectives can be used to get a “jumpstart” on an incident or in a drill. This ICS 202 Incident Objectives form is pre-populated with the most common Overall and Operational Period objectives.

Liaison Officer Resources

Liaison officer training: This training covers the roles and responsibilities of Liaison, referring to both the Incident Management Handbook and the Northwest Area Plan Liaison Manual.

Template from the Northwest Area Plan Liaison Manual:

Information Officer Resources

Press conference script in the event of an oil spill: A list of talking points for Unified Command members for press conferences, specifically related to the Northwest Area.

Safety Officer Resources

Safety officer checklist: This checklist describes the WA State legal requirements for creating a incident specific, site-safety plan. A plan is required for incidents exceeding 24 hours.

Operations Section Resources

Operations section checklist: A checklist and guidelines for oil spill tactical response options/strategies.

Spill containment and cleanup checklist: A checklist with potential spill containment and recovery techniques.

Non-floating oils response documentation of considerations form: Documents incident specific information regarding response options for non-floating oil.

Gasoline and other flammable liquids guidance document: Response guidance document from the Northwest Area Contingency Plan.

Planning Section Resources

Proposed situation display organization

Environmental Unit Resources

Permit tracking template: Tracks permits required for the incident. Point of contact information, expiration dates, permit conditions, time frame, and cost are included.

Decanting approval plan: This plan outlines the approval process that the Federal and State On-Scene Coordinators (OSC's) and Environmental Unit (EU) for decanting. Criteria is included.

FOSC Dispersant authorization checklist: Guides technical specialists within the Environmental Unit through the dispersant approval process for pre-approval and case-by-case decision areas. The FOSC reviews the completed checklist with a separation recommendation memo from various members of Command and General Staff.

In-situ Burn authorization form: This form is used to make an application for in-situ burn.

Signature Page for Unified Command Dispersant Recommendation Memo: This memo gives a recommendation on the use of dispersant, conditions and limitations, and trial use. It is filled out by the EU Leader, Planning Section Chief, Operations Section Chief, Safety Officer, Public Information Officer, and Liaison Officer.

Sample Incident Disposal Plan: This plan tracks oily debris waste from cradle to grave. Unified Command signs the plan after completion.

ICS Form 232 Resources at Risk Checklist: Guides the EU in filling out the ICS 232 form. The EU leader assigns work within the Environmental Unit to complete the 232 Form.

Environmental Unit deliverables: Tracks EU deliverables throughout the ICS planning process.



Contingency Plans

Toolkit for Drills and Spills

Northwest Area Contingency Plan

Geographic Response Plans

Coastal Atlas

FEMA ICS Independent Study Online Courses

U.S. Coast Guard IMH
and ICS Forms


Ecology Spill Response Equipment Map


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Jared Woods

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