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.

Major Incident Response Milestone Checklist: Use this form to record the time a task has been completed. Assume that proper notifications have initiated the response. The milestones/tasks mark the hours that certain activities should begin, though they may take several more hours or days to complete. 

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.

Moderator script outline: Script for facilitating a press conference.

News release templates: Templates for the first 96 hours of an incident.

Daily briefing checklist: For use by Information Officer or designee to brief incoming Information Officer.

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 Standard Conditions Checklist: The purpose of this checklist is to provide confirmation to the RRT from the FOSC/UC about standard/necessary conditions and other activities that will take place or be initiated before dispersant spray operations would take place.

Environmental Unit Recommendation Memo to the FOSC/UC: The purpose of this tool is to provide incident specific information on whether dispersants are appropriate for use, tradeoffs in their use, recommended constraints on applications, and to document concerns of trustee agencies. Audience is RRT and UC.

RRT10 Record of Dispersant Decision: The purpose of this tool is to provide a formal record of decision the RRT makes regarding authorizing the use of dispersants.

Tribal and Other Trustee Technical Coordination Master List: The purpose of this tool is to identify at the start of the Dispersant Recommendation process a comprehensive list of Tribes, Trustees and other key technical members who need to be engaged in the technical discussion.

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

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


Howard Zorzi

Jared Woods

Stephen Nishikawa