November 4th, 10:20 a.m. We've posted a new story outlining the next steps in the Best Friends response to Hurricane Sandy. You can read about it by clicking here.
November 1, 3:45 p.m. Best Friends Emergency Response Team leaders John Garcia and Ethan Gurney are on the ground in New Jersey.
Working with Bergen County animal services, which has animal services jurisdiction over 38 cities and towns in an area of the state seriously impacted by storm surge and levee failures, John and Ethan will provide technical animal rescue expertise and backup for Bergen County animal control officers as they begin post-storm responses to animals left behind by some evacuees.
The two veteran Best Friends staff members have advanced certification in animal search and rescue techniques (ASAR) and are available to provide training and support for Bergen County staff that has had no prior need for such training. The Best Friends team is also on call with the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management and other authorities responsible for 70 jurisdictions in New Jersey.
October 30 Widespread flooding in the most densely populated region of the country combined with communications and power failures have put Best Friends Animal Society first responders on watchful alert to determine which communities across the four states most heavily impacted by the storm will need rescue and recovery support most urgently.
The human toll naturally rises to the top of the news feeds along with known dangers due to downed power lines, road closures rising water levels.
Social media is providing the timeliest information related to local effects of the storm on animals and shelters but these don’t always account for official responses that may already be in motion. As the storm clouds part and a coherent picture of storm damage and the needs of the animals emerges, Best Friends will direct our team of water rescue experts and New York City programs volunteers to the communities and situations most in need.
For disaster preparedness resources on how to keep pets safe and a list of items to bring when evacuating, click here.
If you would like to make a donation to our Emergency Response team, and the work they’re doing out there in this storm and beyond, please make a gift here. Your gifts will be put to use where they are needed most. In disasters like this one, contributions typically help support the needs of our rescue team along with the care and feeding of displaced animals through our network partners.
If you are a rescue group in need after Hurricane Sandy, click here for information on applying for a No More Homeless Pets Network micro-grant.