October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy: HSUS Assesses Animal Needs, Ready for Sustained Disaster Relief
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Disaster aid to states, pet owners
In response to Hurricane Sandy, The HSUS's state directors from Maine to North Carolina have been offering animal assistance to shelters and government officials in the hardest-hit areas. Our Animal Rescue Team is ready to deploy when local agencies or animal welfare groups call us in.
The HSUS’s social media team has already fielded hundreds of inquiries, helping residents in the storm’s path to find pet-friendly shelters so they could get out safely with their pets. We will also help coordinate donations of supplies to animal shelters that are taking in animals because of Sandy.
Animals and emergencies in New York
In New York City, our staff has been at the city’s operations center throughout the storm, coordinating with our partners on the NYC Office of Emergency Management Animal Planning Task Force.
After serving on the city's emergency planning task force for years, we are proud that a "no pet turned away" policy now applies during disasters to the city’s subways, buses, evacuation vehicles, and 600,000 emergency shelters.
Hurricane Sandy and wildlife
At the Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts, wildlife and people weathered the storm safely and the power remained on. Winds of 79 miles per hour were measured nearby and downed limbs made driving treacherous.
As the winds faded this morning, staff began receiving calls from residents, who are bringing in injured and storm-weary wildlife. Center staff expects a significant increase in migratory seabirds blown ashore.