Obama Holds Prime Time Update on BP. Toll Free Helps Provide Info

President Obama presented a prime-time speech last night on the disaster in the Gulf. With 60,000 gallons of oil still spewing into the pristine waters two months after the burst, he urged BP to get control fast. As past of the effort, the government is asking residents to use toll free telephone numbers to provide information.

Report oiled wildlife

• To report oiled wildlife, please call (866) 557-1401 and leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly. Individuals are urged not to attempt to help injured or oiled animals, but to report any sightings to the toll free number.

Report oil sightings
• To report oil on shoreline or request volunteer information: Call (866) 448-5816

How Does Toll Free Phone Service Work?

Toll free numbers enable callers to reach businesses, organizations, and non-profits without having to pay for the call. This marketing tool has been so successful that the available 800 numbers are decreasing while demand is growing at unprecedented rates.

A toll free number forward to, or rings, at any local number and on any phone. It does not require a special set-up of installation of any kind. There are four toll free pre-fixes, 800, 888, 877, and 866, and they all work the same way. Calls to these numbers are charged to the subscriber, not to the caller. Vanity numbers spell a word or phrase that relates to the business.

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