friday evening update

Pacifica beaches opened back up 10am this morning .

The official post from the Dept. of Emergency Management:

11/16/07 Volunteer Update
Volunteer Training Opportunities:
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) and National Park Service (NPS) staff announced today that the cleanup of local beaches affected by last week’s catastrophic Cosco Buson oil spill was proceeding at a faster than expected pace. The NPS announced that many San Francisco beaches could be re-opened as early as this weekend. Officials credited the accelerated pace to the overwhelming response by members of the public, with more than 800 volunteers trained to help in the cleanup.
A final training at 8:00 a.m. will be offered for volunteers on Saturday November 17, 2007. THERE WILL NOT BE A SECOND TRAINING SESSION AT 1:00 P.M. The training includes mandatory instruction and safety guidelines related to handling hazardous waste materials. Please bring a picture ID to speed the registration process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. After completing the training, volunteers will be provided a special, event-specific Disaster Service Worker identification badge for the Cosco Busan Oil Spill. Immediately following the training, there will be a final beach cleanup at OceanBeach on Saturday November 17, 2007.
Volunteer Training Details
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Time: The training session begins at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive promptly for the start of this training class; to receive certification, volunteers must be present for the full training session. THERE WILL NOT BE A SECOND TRAINING SESSION AT 1:00 P.M.
Training Session Capacity: 400 participants maximum; first come, first served

Location: County Fair Building, Hall of Flowers
(Lincoln Way & 9th Ave., entrance to Golden Gate Park)
San Francisco, CA 94122
MUNI Information to the Hall of Flowers:
44 O’Shaughnessy
N Judah
71 Noriega
43 Masonic
6 Parnassus 

Deployment Site For Volunteers Who Have Attended Training
On November 17, 2007 the City and County of San Francisco will coordinate deployment of volunteers with Cosco Busan Oil Spill disaster service worker ID at the staging area at Ocean Beach. VOUNTEERS WITH EVENT-SPECIFIC DISASTER SERVICE WORKER ID CAN REPORT TO THE RED TENT in the parking lot at Lincoln Way and the Great Highway. This is likely to be the final volunteer opportunity for beach clean up related to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill.
Information on future volunteer opportunities related to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill beach clean up will be available by calling 3-1-1 or visiting 
For information on additional volunteer opportunities to support the oil spill response efforts, please visit  To make a monetary donation, please visit


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