The Toolkit — produced by the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program with the assistance of the Coast Guard — is the most comprehensive oil spill preparedness tool available. The toolkits are comprised of environmental sensitivity maps, local knowledge guides, forms, and Area Contingency Plans for the entire Texas coast and the neighboring states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (US Coast Guard District 8). The program publishes the Toolkit on a DVD. The Toolkit is updated annually and is widely distributed free of charge throughout the Gulf Coast.
An important component of the Toolkit is the Atlas, an incredibly complex collection of maps detailing every inch of the Texas Gulf Coast. It shows oil spill responders exactly where wildlife habitats are located and their relative sensitivity to impact. Other features that responders need to know are included, such as water depth, intake points on rivers for water supply systems, boundary lines for local governmental entities, boat launches, marinas, heliports, aquaculture sites, U.S. Coast Guard stations, creeks, rivers, oil fields, canals, ship channels, roads and lighthouses. Land Office GIS experts constantly update the Atlas, and personnel in the agency's five regional oil spill offices contribute their up-to-date local knowledge to continue to make it an even more useful tool.