Activate us on:
+32 2 2788 744 (office)
+32 49 49 000 12 (mobile)
+32 49 96 247 72 (mobile)
+32 48 72 642 61 (mobile)
Please activate Sea Alarm by telephone (not email) for emergencies.
Sea Alarm is on call 24 hours, 7 days a week to receive notifications of oiled wildlife incidents and requests for assistance. Sea Alarm has direct access to wildlife response groups and experts, and is able to mobilise equipment and resources, and liaise with government and industry organisations at a moment’s notice.
Activating Sea Alarm’s emergency assistance sevice is free of charge. Responding to incidents is our job and we will not turn away anyone who is in need of professional assistance but does not have the resources to pay for it. We consider the search for adequate funding for a wildlife response as part of our job.
Sea Alarm provides the following three levels of assistance:
Level 1 Response: Sea Alarm provides distant advice and coaching by, for example, bringing parties into contact with experts who can provide further advice. Sea Alarm can also facilitate the response by bringing all actors together under one umbrella of coordinated activities. This level of response is in many cases the first stage of Sea Alarm’s response services. If considered necessary, then the response may be upgraded to a level 2 response.
Level 2 Response: Sea Alarm makes an on-site visit. This means that a Sea Alarm expert, accompanied by one or two other experts conducts an on-site assessment to determine if more extended international support is needed. Sea Alarm funds itself in order to do this. Based on the assessment, the response may be upgraded to a level 3 response.
Level 3 Response: Sea Alarm identifies and assists with the mobilization of international resources when required. This could mean that equipment is mobilized, for instance the equipment stored at Oil Spill Response in Southampton. Or it could mean that wildlife response experts or even complete wildlife response teams are mobilized to assist the local response. A level 3 response is only mobilized if adequate funding can be provided. Therefore this stage is dependent upon on the availability of a response budget. Such a budget could be provided by a NGO, a maritime insurer, an intergovernmental body, an oil company, or a local governmental organisation. In relatively small scale responses, Sea Alarm is able to provide its own funding for the mobilization of one or two experts. The most appropriate funding solution is normally found as part of the level 1 or level 2 response activities.
Further details on Sea Alarm’s Emergency Assistance can be found here.