IDA: Disaster Preparedness Today

June 21st, 2006 4:55 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jun 16, 2006 6:19 PM
Subject: Disaster Preparedness Today

Months have passed since Hurricane Katrina shook the Gulf Coast. Along with the rest of the country, we at IDA were shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of lives in the devastation of this storm, which was the largest and most damaging in American history. The thousands who lost family members to the storm, including many beloved companion animals, are still in our thoughts. In the aftermath, countless animals were left homeless, abandoned, and in dire need. Starving and traumatized, suffering from illnesses and injuries, the animals in New Orleans and other storm-hit areas depended on IDA and other caring individuals and organizations for desperately needed help.

Thanks to the generous support of our members, IDA’s Project Hope rescue team was among the first on the ground after the storm hit and among the last to leave after the storm laid waste to the area. Our humane trapping efforts allowed us to rescue hundreds of animals who are now in loving homes, and we saved many more animals from dying of starvation or thirst by maintaining outdoor feeding stations. The hurricane’s devastation shows us how important it is for guardians to plan ahead for the safety of animal companions in case of emergency.

With hurricane season just around the corner, it is important to consider the following: Do you know what you would do if disaster struck? Where would you take your animals? Do you have enough food and water stored away? Who would check on your animals if you were away from home during a disaster?

Your animal friends’ lives could depend on your answers to these questions.

Please take some time to make a disaster plan TODAY. Click here for more information.

I thank you once again for your generosity and commitment to ending the suffering and abuse of innocent animals.

Respectfully,

Elliot M. Katz, DVM
President, IDA

Here are four powerful ways you can help animals right now.

For the safety of yourself and those who depend on you, be sure to have an action plan in place should disaster strike your area.

Make a generous donation to IDA. Your gift will enable IDA’s rescue team to be a first responder in the next emergency.

Pass this message along to friends and family to make sure they are able to keep their loved ones out of harm’s way.

Urge your Senators to support the Pets Evacuation and Transportation (PETS) Act that would require state and local disaster preparedness plans funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include provisions for the evacuation of animal companions.

P.S. I urge you to act today. Please contact your Senators, educate others, and send as generous a donation to IDA as you possibly can. For all our animal friends, I thank you.

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In Defense of Animals 3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel.: +1 415 388 9641 Fax: +1 415 388 0388 ida [at] idausa.org

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