Toolkit for Oil Spills and 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.

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.

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.

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.

Operations Section Resources

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

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.

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.

Related links

Coastal Atlas

FEMA ICS Self-Study Training


U.S. Coast Guard IMH
and ICS Forms


Ecology Spill Response Equipment Map