The infrastructure needed for an effective oiled wildlife response consists of several elements of preparedness, including:
- An agreed oiled wildlife response plan, formally adopted by the appropriate authorities and well integrated into the wider oil spill response planning
- A training and exercise programme that ensures that individuals who play the key roles in the execution of the plan are well trained and prepared for their jobs
- Pre-identified and well maintained facilities (Necropsy labs, permanent rehabilitation centres) with trained staff and agreed protocols
- Well maintained stocks of equipment, possibly including mobile response units
- Pre-identified work forces that can be mobilised as part of the plan (registered and trained volunteers, veterinarians, scientists, rehabilitators, search and collection experts, international response teams).
Sea Alarm has studied and been involved in the planning processes in many countries and has therefore developed a unique expertise to assist interested parties with finding the right solutions to make things work.