Several areas along the East Coast are struggling with flash flooding from the recent storm front that is still dropping record-setting amounts of rain.
In recent years our ability to anticipate and track extreme weather systems has improved greatly. We watch storms develop and change in real time. They grow or weaken, and their paths of impact are modified from minute to minute right before our eyes.
Fortunately, these and other tools provide government agencies with the means to more efficiently activate evacuation plans to keep families safe from natural disasters.
Your IFAW Disaster Response team is on standby to support partners at the local, state and national levels to help animals affected by disasters every day.
Today, we are in the warehouse double checking the emergency sheltering supplies loaded on the Animal Rescue trucks and trailers – cozy kennels with bedding and toys, supplemental fuel, generators, batteries and radios set, food for responders and animals. We are ready to help those in need.
It has almost been three years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the US. One of the greatest lessons we learned from responding to help victims along the New Jersey coast is that sometimes families rely on minute-to-minute updates hoping that authorities will suddenly change evacuation orders.
There is ALWAYS the potential for an extreme storm system to change paths so we should not wait until the last minute to protect our family.
Here in Massachusetts we are bracing for more rain and wind this weekend as Hurricane Joaquin keeps moving away from our coastline. IFAW will not stand down until the storm and exigent extreme weather completely clears away from any potential landfall.
We implore you to do the same. Stay vigilant and check in with your friends and colleagues to make sure they have a family emergency plan in place, one that includes pets of course!
Please take some time this weekend with the IFAW Disaster Preparedness Brochure in hand and work as a family to get ready!
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Article source: IFAW