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October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Response Efforts

Humane Society of Missouri Disaster Response Team Prepares to Evacuate Animals in Georgia

October 12, 2016

After spending the past seven days in Georgia responding to the needs of pets and pet owners dislocated by Hurricane Matthew, the Humane Society of Missouri Disaster Response Team is returning to St. Louis today.  The team provided animal receiving and care to pets in Savannah, Ga., transportation to temporary shelter inland in Augusta, Ga. and reunification services back in Savannah. In addition, the team is bringing to St. Louis 24 dogs from shelters in Augusta and Atlanta overcrowded with pets homeless as a result of the storm.  These dogs, adults and puppies, mostly mixed breeds, will be made available for adoption as soon as HSMO veterinarians examine and clear them for their next step to finding forever homes.

“Our team traveled tens of thousands of miles in the past week to ensure the safety of pets and the well-being of their owners who were affected by Hurricane Matthew,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. “We are glad we can help the animals now reunited with owners in Georgia as well as those we are bringing back to find great homes in Missouri.  And, a big ‘thank you’ to our wonderful donors who make possible this and all of our rescue efforts.”

October 11, 2016

The past few days have been busy for our team.

They weathered the storm unscathed and kept in close touch with state emergency management officials to ensure affected pets could be helped as quickly as possible.  Fortunately for pets and people, the storm was not as bad as it might have been.  Therefore, several of our team were released for the trip back to St. Louis.  The remaining team members transported animals temporarily sheltered in Augusta, back to their home town of Savannah.

Yesterday, the team maintained the pet reunification center in Savannah, overseeing the return of five pets to their grateful owners.  The 16 pets still waiting for owners were left in the care of Chatham County Animal Control for reunification later this week.

After stops at animal shelters in Augusta and Atlanta, today, the team heads back to St. Louis. To relieve overcrowding in those shelters, partly due to the storm, HSMO’s Disaster Response Team will return with 32 Georgia dogs that will now be looking for new homes in Missouri.

Hurricane Matthew Response Efforts 2016

October 8, 2016

The HSMO Disaster Response Team rode out the storm as it passed over Augusta, Georgia last night.  High winds and rain pelted the camper. Nonetheless, team members were able to get some much needed rest.  Today, the team is cleaning, repairing and preparing our equipment to be ready for future response.  Team Leader Mike Perkins attended the daily conference call with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.  The counties reporting along the Atlantic coast all have suffered power loss and damage to bridges, roads and buildings.  Fortunately, fatalities have been few and people heeded evacuation orders, most taking their pets with them.  The HSMO team is standing by to respond to requests for search and rescue in Georgia and South Carolina as needed.

October 7, 2016

Early yesterday morning, the Savannah-based part of our Disaster Response Team set up intake operations behind the Savannah Civic Center. By the end of the day, the team made a difference for 12 pets and eased the minds 12 evacuating families – receiving and caring for 8 dogs and 4 cats. The animals, along with several members of our team, safely spent the night in Augusta, Ga.

The Savannah team also received 2 stray cats which were turned over this morning to the Chatham County Animal Control. After receiving 7 additional pets this morning, the entire HSMO team will evacuate inland to Augusta today to wait out the storm.

The team will remain in Georgia in preparation for post-storm field search and rescue operations wherever needed.

October 6, 2016

The HSMO Disaster Response Team arrived very early this morning in Alpharetta, Georgia.  After a few hours’ rest the team was officially activated in partnership with the Atlanta Humane Society in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.  Half of our team will be deployed to Savannah, the other half to Brunswick, both on the Georgia coast.  Each team is receiving privately owned pets of persons who are evacuating these areas.  The animals will be transported to temporary shelter at a fairgrounds location in Augusta.  Multiple trips may be necessary as threats from the storm intensify and coastal residents are advised to leave.

October 5, 2016

At the request of the Atlanta Humane Society, today the Humane Society of Missouri is sending an eight-person Disaster Response Team to Georgia to prepare to evacuate animals in shelters along Georgia’s east coast in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew later this week.  Capable of transporting more than 200 animals at any one time, the team is equipped with six vehicles and a rescue boat: two climate-controlled animal transport trailers, two animal transport Sprinters and two personnel support vehicles.  The professionally trained and experienced team also is prepared to perform post-storm field and swift water animal rescue if necessary.

“We are very proud we can respond quickly and competently to help keep animals safe in light of this impending, large disaster,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. “Should the need arise, our team also is prepared to rescue animals in all types of situations in the aftermath of the storm.  We sincerely thank our donors for supporting all of our efforts to help animals in need.”