As the BP Oil response continues, workers don high-visibility and hi-reflectivity gear even at night. This image was taken off the beaches of Pensacola, Florida. And as recently as July, beaches were closed due to oil impacts. Efforts were made to have the shorelines of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana cleared for the holidays, but effects were far more damaging in many areas. Permanent booms have been installed in some areas, rock barriers as well as sand washing systems have been used, and good old-fashioned shovel clean-up crews work night and day on the mess made by the Deepwater Horizon.
ANSI Class 1, 2 and 3 vests are available for oil responders, contaminated beach and shoreline clean-up crews and other workers helping to alleviate the stresses on wildlife affected by this disaster. As Floridians, we are greatful to those who are tirelessly working to preserve the Gulf Coast's natural habitat, it's ecosystem and the economy surrounding off-shore enterprises.