Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Katrina long term effects: Final opportunities to enroll in NIH oil spill health study

Embargoed for Release
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
3 p.m. EDT
Robin Mackar

GuLF STUDY makes final call for study participants

Time is running out for workers and volunteers who helped with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup to enroll in a long-term study of the possible effects of the oil spill on human health. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), which is conducting the study, is seeking anyone who helped with the oil spill cleanup in any capacity to call and enroll. Enrollment in the GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study) will close soon and would-be participants have until the end of December 2012 to sign up.

"With the help of over 80 community and professional groups across the Gulf Coast, the GuLF STUDY has enrolled more than 29,000 people to date. The cleanup response involved a wide range of tasks carried out by a large number of people who each experienced exposures to oil and dispersants under unique circumstances. We want to understand the experiences of all types of workers," said Dale Sandler, Ph.D., chief of the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch and lead researcher of the study.

"The oil spill raised a lot of questions for people here who helped with the cleanup, and we hope the GuLF STUDY will provide answers," said Paige Rucker, a GuLF STUDY community partner and the state director of Project Rebound, an Alabama nonprofit organization assisting those impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "A lot of people along the coast have been affected by the spill, and the data on the GuLF STUDY will be invaluable in knowing how best to treat them."

NIEHS is seeking all eligible workers and volunteers — those who are healthy as well as those who may have health challenges — to enroll. NIEHS is also making a special request for anyone who worked near the source of the spill, such as oil rig workers and rig support personnel, to enroll. Because of their proximity to the spill, it will be important to understand how their exposure might affect their health.
Anyone who helped with the cleanup may have been contacted by mail, text message, or phone call to participate in the study. Those who have not yet enrolled are being urged to call now.

"It is important that workers and volunteers who helped with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup make the call today, so they can share their stories before we close out enrollment," said Sandler. “Every worker and volunteer has a story to tell, and we would like to hear every story to better understand the potential health effects of oil and dispersants.”

Expected to last at least 10 years, the GuLF STUDY will generate important data that may help inform policy decisions on health care and health services in the Gulf Coast region. Findings may also influence responses to other oil spills in the future.

For more information, call the GuLF STUDY toll-free at 1-855-NIH-GULF (1-855-644-4853) or visit the GuLF STUDY website at

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Disaster Bookstore - Emergency Management Professional Development

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Training: FAA & Transportation Related Courses

Managing Communications Following an Aircraft Accident or Incident, 25-26 October 2012: The National Transportation Safety Board has announced a course that is intended to teach participants what to expect in the days immediately following an aviation accident or incident and how they can prepare for their role with the media.  NTSB - Course Information <>
THIS IS NOT A FREE COURSE: $802 early registration, by October 8, 2012, or $852 late registration, between October 9 and 12:00 pm (noon) ET on October 24, 2012.

Transportation Disaster Response - A Course For Emergency Responders, 14-16 November 2012: Designed specifically for emergency responders and planners, this course, developed by the National Transportation Safety Board, provides participants with the tools to most effectively manage a major transportation disaster. Audio/video materials, case studies, recent examples and panel discussions are employed to illustrate key principles of the unique aspects of responding to major transportation disasters.  NTSB - Course Information <
>  THIS IS NOT A FREE COURSE: $1,198 early registration, or by October
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2012, $1,248 late registration, between October 30, 2012 and 12 pm (noon) ET on November 13, 2012.

Free Cyber Courses

17 More Top Universities Offer Free Cyber Courses: Seventeen leading universities in the U.S. and abroad will start offering free cyber courses through the online education platform Course.  The announcement underscores the rapid expansion of so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, that are reshaping the higher education landscape.  Associated Press - Full Story <

October 4th Brown Bag Webinar with IOCC

This is a reminder for the October 4th Brown Bag Webinar with IOCC.

Dan Christopulos, U.S. Country Representative
Fr. Angelo Pappas, Frontline Coordinator
Pascalis Papouras, Special Asst. to the Exec. Office
International Orthodox Christian Ministries-
U.S. Office

IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s Love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

FEMA HQ, 500 C Street, SW, DC
Conference Room

Dial In:
800-320-4330 Pin: 214214#

Voluntary Agency Coordination Section
Individual Assistance Division, Recovery Directorate

A brief 20th Anniversary video, “Respond, Rebuild, Uplift” will be shown that chronicles the first 20 years of IOCC throughout the world.  IOCC efforts with the US Orthodox “Frontline” disaster response group will also be highlighted during the presentation as well as future US goals.

Phil Shaw
Voluntary Agency Liaison
Phone: 202-212-2797

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