March 27, 2009
The HSUS Deploys to Flooded North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. — As rivers in parts of North Dakota and western Minnesota continue to rise, The Humane Society of the United States has deployed staff and equipment to respond to the devastating floods.
"We have received an official request from the city of Fargo to offer emergency animal sheltering and field rescue assistance to areas affected by this record-breaking flood," said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services at The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States has deployed a core team of responders today to begin transporting our specially equipped disaster response vehicles and rescue boats to North Dakota."
The HSUS has also called upon members of the National Disaster Animal Response Team to be sure they are ready in the event of a deployment. NDART volunteers serve as resources for individuals, animal-related organizations, government agencies and others concerned about the urgent needs of animals before, during and after disasters. The HSUS often uses this valuable resource to supplement its own animal rescue team when faced with a large-scale disaster.
For more information about disaster preparedness, visit humanesociety.org/disaster.
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