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Preparing for disasters: Include your animals in your plan

Dog trapped on roof by flooding. (Noah’s Wish photo)
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September is National Preparedness Month. The American Veterinary Medical Association just sent me the following information to help remind us that when we prepare for disasters, we should also include our animals in our plans. Whether it’s earthquakes, hurricanes, grass fires, or whatever, we should have some sort of plan for dealing with it. Please read the following information. You may need to take advantage of it one of these days. /Gary

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a participant in the 7th Annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Agency’s Ready Campaign, encourages you to take action now to prepare for emergencies.
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Posted on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Under: Disaster plan for pets, Disasters | No Comments »

Free Disaster Preparedness Guide For Pet Owners

Dog trapped on roof by flooding. Noah’s Wish photo.
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Each year two to three million people in the U.S. are affected by disasters.

Both natural and man-made disasters have made it clear that pet owners need to have a plan in case of an unforeseen tragedy.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters has created such a plan designed to provide you with educational and reference tools to help guide you through natural and man-made disasters.
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Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009
Under: Birds, Disaster plan for pets, Disasters, Pets, Pets & Quakes, Pets in Danger, Reptiles | No Comments »

Disaster Response: Take this local training and get involved!

Dog caught in flood. Noah’s Wish photo.
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Where: 4651 Gleason Dr. Dublin, Ca.
When: March 7-8

Ever wonder what you would do if you and your family, including pets, were faced with a disaster?
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Under: Disasters, Noah's Wish, Pets in Danger | 1 Comment »

Hurricane Gustav: Animal groups help care for evacuated pets

Even as humans were being evacuated from sections of Louisiana that were hit by Hurricane Gustav, national nonprofit animal organizations were already rushing into the state to help their pets.

I received the following press releases over the weekend:
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Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Under: Animal rescue Organizations, Disasters, Pets | No Comments »

Stranded dogs, cats rescued in flood-ravaged Iowa town

Reviving memories of its huge animal rescue effort following Hurricane Katrina, Best Friends Animal Society today announced that a full animal rescue team is hard at work helping to free companion animals from floodwaters in the tiny town of Oakville, in southeastern Iowa.

I just received this news release from the society:
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Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Under: Animal welfare, Disasters, Floods, Pet rescue, Pets in Danger | 3 Comments »

Are we ready for another oil spill?

California Coastkeeper Alliance and Baykeeper call for improvements in oil spill preparedness and response after reviewing Coast Guard “Review of Cosco Busan Oil Spill.”

The California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a coalition of 12 Waterkeeper groups spanning the coast from the Oregon border to San Diego, and San Francisco Baykeeper last Friday (May 16) called on the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response to work with the public and lawmakers to improve oil spill preparedness and response in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the state.
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008
Under: Disasters, Oil, Oil Spills | No Comments »

Noah’s Wish and Hurricane Katrina

If you were reading my daily columns during Hurricane Katrina, you may remember I wrote a lot about an organization called Noah’s Wish, whose staff and volunteers put in uncounted hours rescuing and caring for thousands of animal-victims of the hurricane. Many of you were kind enough to donate funds to Noah’s Wish to help them with their rescue activities.

I just received the following e-mail from Noah’s Wish. I thought it might interest you:

Dear Gary:
My name is Patricia Jones and I am the director of media for Noah’s Wish; we worked together during Hurricane Katrina.

As the one year anniversary of Katrina approaches, we are reminded that wrenching destruction is not the only legacy of the disaster, as owners continue to be reunited with their pets. One New Orleans resident, Tammy Huppin, was forced to relinquish her cats to Noah’s Wish after the storm destroyed her home. One of her cats — "Lucy" — was one of 22 orphans transported to a Lake Tahoe cat rescue facility. Several months later after Tammy had relocated to Austin, TX, she called Noah’s Wish to learn the fate of her cats. Two had been placed into loving new homes, but "Lucy" remained at the Lake Tahoe shelter. Noah’s Wish arranged to fly Tammy to Lake Tahoe, (today, Aug. 14! /Gary), where the joyful reunion will take place.

Much has changed over the past year since Noah’s Wish entered the hurricane-ravaged city of Slidell, LA, and rescued close to 2,000 of its animals. Prior to Katrina, the organization founded by Terri Crisp in 2002 was virtually unknown and struggling. It has since grown into a multi-million dollar organization with 14 staff members and offices in California, Oklahoma and New York City. On August 23, Terri will receive a Humanitarian of the Year award for her work during Katrina by the Sacramento SPCA.

As Noah’s Wish emerges as a leader in the field of animal rescue in disasters, its involvement in California disaster preparedness programs continues to grow. In June, the organization participated in a mock disaster drill with the Department of Homeland Security in Sacramento. In September, Terri will take part in the National Emergency Preparedness Conference alongside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; she will be representing the Sacramento area.

Noah’s Wish is working to build relationships with communities around the country. The organization recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with St. Tammany’s Parish in Louisiana to manage its animal shelters needs in the event of a disaster. The organization’s greatest strength, without a doubt, comes from its volunteers, numbering approximately 1,500 strong. These volunteers all took part in a rigorous three-day training program designed to duplicate the experience — and attendant hardships — of a real-life disaster. Noah’s Wish breaks its training program into regions so that the entire country is covered and anyone who wants to participate in a training — and a disaster — might have the opportunity to do so.

As the one year anniversary of Katrina nears, I am hoping you might find the story of Noah’s Wish of interest to your readers. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. (Patricia Jones Director of Media Relations, Noah’s Wish)

Organizations like Noah’s Wish help humans and animals to survive during times of great disaster. You can find out more about what they do by visiting their Web site at If you can help them in any way, please do so. You may just be helping yourself. Thanks.

Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2006
Under: Animals, Disasters | 5 Comments »