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August 27, 2011

Hurricane? The Cape Wildlife Center Is Ready

When Irene comes calling, she'll find the animals and staff at the CWC safe and secure

The Humane Society of the United States/The Fund for Animals,

  • As Hurricane Irene nears, all the patients at the Cape Wildlife Center were moved to a secure building. This fisher isn't sure what he thinks of the plan. Heather Fone/The HSUS

  • Getting ready for a hurricane means more than boarding windows at the CWC. Part of the job is "securing" a fisher to move hime to safety. Heather Fone/The HSUS

  • On Friday, while the sun still shone, CWC staff gathered boxes to temporarily house opossums in the safe clinic. Heather Fone/The HSUS

As of 5:00 p.m. EDT, there were gray skies and intermittent showers above the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Mass., but everyone knows Hurricane Irene is on her way

Director Theresa Barbo reports that a comprehensive disaster plan and plenty of time to prepare means the CWC staff have nothing left to do but wait—and feed, give medical care to, and clean up after their many wild patients. And, of course, make sure the work they've done to storm-proof the facility holds once Irene actually hits.

For now, though, all 4.5 acres are secure, the windows are reinforced with plywood, and the pumps are in good working order should there be flooding inside the buildings. Food? “We have plenty of food and water for both humans and animals.”

All animal patients have been moved indoors, says Barbo, “Including 34 raccoons, two fishers, a cooper’s hawk, a red tailed hawk, two mallard ducks, herring gull, numerous songbirds and two eastern cottontail rabbits.”

Made your disaster plan yet?

A strong plan will give your pets and other loved ones the chance of being as safe as the wild patients at the CWC.
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