2024 Joint Information Center and Liaison Workshop Materials

2024 JIC/Liaison Workshop Materials 

Presentations from the Workshop


  • Link to the Northwest Area Contingency Plan for the newly updated JIC (Section 9202) and Liaison (Section 9210) Manuals
  • Link to fillable forms and templates


Register Now: 2022 Oiled Wildlife HAZWOPER Training

Registration is now open for the 2022 HAZWOPER Refresher for oiled wildlife volunteers. 


We’re Back! 

We are happy to be able to offer the HAZWOPER training for oiled wildlife volunteers once again! This year’s format will be similar to last year’s. Here’s how it will work.

  • Register for the class below.
  • On September 22 – You will receive a link to pre-recorded presentations on specific topics covered in the class.  You will be asked to view each session and take a short quiz prior to attending the live session on either Thursday, October 13, 2022, or Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • On Thursday, October 13, 2022, OR Saturday, October 15, 2022 – You will attend a live webinar session for an opportunity to ask specific questions and take part in a drill.



Habitat Strategic Initiative Grant Program Webinar: Pilot Program – “Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support” Training

Are you interested in how to use training and development opportunities to connect volunteer organizations with agencies and others that can use them in an emergency?

Each year, over 20 billion gallons of oil and other hazardous chemicals are transported in the Puget Sound.  Trained volunteers can support spill response and assessment led by local and state agencies. The Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support (OSARS) training was designed to engage and prepare volunteer organizations to assist with oil spills in the Puget Sound region. This pilot program has helped to determine how to best connect volunteer organizations to oil spill response leads through expert-led trainings.  With continued OSARS trainings, diverse volunteer organizations can help build a network to support the coordinated agency response to oil spill emergencies.

Join the Habitat Strategic Initiative and Washington State University Extension on December 16th, 2020 at 1pm to learn more about the OSARS pilot program and the novel approach to connecting volunteer organizations with local and state emergency response agencies. For a project summary, check out the Project Factsheet.

Webinar Details

December 16th, 2020 at 1pm

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only): (206) 809-2214

Phone Conference ID: 144 532 092#

Project leads

Dr. Patricia Townsend is an Extension Specialist for Washington State University (WSU) and directs the Natural Resource Programs at Snohomish County Extension including Beach Watchers, Sustainable Community Stewards, and Promotores del Medio Ambiente. Patricia also works with stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest on issues related to climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, ecosystem services, and green infrastructure. Patricia received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a M.S. from the University of Florida.

Associate Professor and Natural Resources Regional Extension Specialist

Snohomish County Extension

Urban Natural Resources Specialist

Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension

Washington State University

Snohomish County WSU Extension

(425) 357-6020


Jonathan Robinson is the Beach Watcher Program Coordinator for Washington State University (WSU) Extension in Snohomish County.  In this position he oversees volunteers that are dedicated to protecting the Salish Sea through education, research and stewardship.  Jonathan received his M.S. from Western Washington University and B.A from University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Beach Watchers Program Coordinator

Washington State University Snohomish County Extension


(425) 357-6008

This project is associated with NTA 2016-0315

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J22301 through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Please contact Jennifer Griffiths (jennifer.griffiths@dfw .wa.gov) or Cynthia Catton (cynthia.catton@dnr.wa.gov) with general questions regarding the Habitat Strategic Initiative and Cynthia Harbison (cynthia.harbison@dfw.wa.gov) regarding the webinar. Follow the work of all the Strategic Initiatives on our blog.

Oil Spill Awareness and Support Training – Register Now!

Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support (OSARS) Volunteers
September 19 & 26, 2020  (Download the OSARS Training Flyer) | Click to Register 

OSARS Volunteers is designed to engage and prepare volunteers to assist with oil spills in the Puget Sound region. Each year, over 20 billion gallons of oil and other hazardous chemicals are transported in Puget sound. Trained volunteers can support spill response and assessment.


We want to recruit volunteers from organizations around Puget Sound. These include WSU Beach Watchers, Beach Naturalists and Shore Stewards, MRC, Audubon Society, COASST, PAWS, and many more. Volunteers from diverse organizations will help build a network to respond to an oil spill emergency.

When & Where
The program will occur on September 19 and 26, 2020 and will meet on-line via Zoom. Registration ends September 17th, for information visit: http://extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/naturalresources/osars/
Please register before August 24th to receive a $15 discount!

For more information contact Patricia Townsend (patricia.townsend@wsu.edu)

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Jonathan Robinson at (425) 357-6008 or jonathan.w.robinson@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.