Watching and waiting, and hoping for the best.
No matter where you are in the South, or in the U.S., you're keeping a watchful eye on the recent developments regarding the oil spill in Gulf. And the Internet may be the best place to find all of the current information
For general information, bookmark the following.
Deepwater Horizon is continuously updating their site with the latest on the recovery and the efforts to contain the spill.
Louisiana Tourism has current information on the spill as well as a link to the emergency site that is updated with current releases.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources not only has information about the spill on their site, but also forms for grants and volunteering.
For Florida, the state's Department of Environmental Protection is providing current reports on the oil spill.
Have plans to travel in the area this summer? Stay current with these sites.
Southeast Tourism Society has a round-up of links to the potential affected areas along the Gulf Coast region.
Both Baton Rouge and New Orleans are stressing they are open for business. Being 160-miles inland (Baton Rouge) and 100-mile inland (New Orleans) respectively, both cities doesn't expect any disruptions for residents and visitors.
Houma, La., is reporting their area hasn't been affected by the spill. This announcement was posted in April 30, so if you have any concerns, you might want to contact the CVB directly for the latest report.
Plaquemines Parish (La.) has daily reports on the site regarding the oil spill.
Grand Isle, La., is keeping everyone current on the spill and is providing links to other informative sites as
Mississippi Tourism is reporting that the Mississippi Gulf Coast is opened for visitors.
Mobile, Ala., and Alabama's Gulf Coast are monitoring the oil spill situation. Both CVBs sites have provided statements, letting people know they have not been affected and welcome visitors. However, in Dauphin Island certain parts of the beach are closed and precautions are being taken.
Pensacola, Fla., is signaling the all-clear for their beaches, Just like their counterparts, they continue to monitor the daily developments.
The Beaches of South Walton, located along the Florida Panhandle, is keeping travelers updated on their beaches and any potential threat.
Although the spill is not projected to wash ashore, Panama City Beach is staying on alert to let visitors know about any immediate changes. The CVB has also provided information regarding their REAL. FUN. GUARANTEE. in case the spill does affect the area.
When it comes to Florida tourism, VISIT FLORIDA is offering a comprehensive update that covers the entire state .
Interested in helping out if/when the need arises? Be sure to check out the following.
Fox 10 has detailed information on training classes currently being held at Mobile Civic Center through May 21. From 3 - 9 p.m., classes are held for BP Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 volunteers.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has put out a call for volunteers. As of now, the extent of the oil spill is not known, but they want to have volunteers in place when it's time to act.
Mobile Baykeeper has a site dedicated to volunteer sign-up. As of now, they request that you sign up with your current contact information.
The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Fla., needs both volunteers and in-kind donations. Read more about the request on their homepage.
The Coastal Conservation Association Alabama has a form on their site for interested volunteers to fill out. There's even a box where you can indicate how you can assist.
The National Wildlife Federation provides information on different ways that you can help the areas impacted by the oil spill.
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is accepting applications for volunteers. You can also sign up indicating interested in being trained/certified to work hands-on (transport and such) with wildlife as well.
photo credit: Hotel Living (1 a.m.), flickr, creative commons by David Maddison