AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION MOBILIZES TO HELP
ANIMAL VICTIMS OF DEVASTATING TORNADOES AND FLOODS
Convoy of Vehicles Including 82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” on Way to Tennessee
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3 -- Following the devastating tornadoes that have ravaged entire communities and the extreme flood conditions now threatening more than a dozen southern and mid-western states, American Humane Association (AHA) mobilized its famed Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team to help the animal victims of these historic disasters.
Red Star, which has a nearly century-long legacy of animal relief, is reaching out with critical help and on-the-ground rescue and support services to local organizations and agencies in the affected regions. Its emergency responders have deployed to provide emergency rescue operations, sheltering and much-needed care to these innocent animal victims. Nationwide, AHA has contacted and extended offers of assistance to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
American Humane Association has now received a request to deploy in partnership with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which received an official request from the Shelby County, Tenn. Office of Preparedness HLS/EMA and the Mayor of Memphis to address the massive flood threat there. The Red Star team consists of 15 staff and volunteers who will begin work on Wednesday. Their 82-foot-long “Rescue Rig” emergency response vehicle is on the way, complete with a mobile veterinary clinic, crisis supplies, and water rescue craft, and will arrive late Wednesday or early Thursday to assist its Shelter Team, Animal Search and Rescue Team, and, if necessary, a Water Rescue Team. A convoy of support vehicles including a 4-wheel-drive pickup and horse trailer will accompany the Rescue Rig to begin land and water rescues.
The American Humane Association team will also be assisting in the management of a Mega-Shelter with capacity for up to 1,000 animals as flooding rises in both Tennessee and Missouri. The entire area is expecting extensive need for human and animal sheltering and supplies over the next week.
In addition, emergency grants have been awarded today by American Humane Association to:
Further severe weather and record flooding is predicted in the days and weeks to come. For those who live in one of the affected areas, here are some vital tips from American Humane Association on how to keep your pets and other animals safe: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/emergency-services/community-preparedness/
Some other key techniques to help people and pets include:
“Our hearts go out to the thousands of human and animal victims of this developing disaster,” says Dr. Robin R. Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “This is one of the most devastating series of storms in this part of the country in the past century and to those in need we will bring a century of experience and all of our resources in animal rescue. Help is on the way.”
For more news about the Red Star team’s emergency work during these disasters or to support their efforts to help animals in crisis, please go to www.americanhumane.org
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