San Diego Humane Society ready to help with storm recovery

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San Diego (KGTV) – The San Diego Humane Society Emergency Response Team is ready to assist with recovery efforts after Hurricane Nicole. The team is waiting for local crews in Florida to assess the damage. The scale of the disaster will determine whether the crew will be sent to the east coast.

“Our team is ready to go at any time,” says Nina Thompson of the San Diego Humane Society. “They train year-round so they’re ready to help in disasters like this with Hurricane Nicole.”

The emergency response team monitors the now tropical storm. Nicole had made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday morning.

Just over a month ago, a team of four staff and volunteers was dispatched to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian.

The team delivered over 3,000 pounds of food to pet owners. Members worked to clean up debris from the storm that blocked an animal shelter. The team has also worked to reunite pets who have been separated from their families.

The Humane Society says we are unlikely to see hurricanes here locally, but it is important that San Diegan residents be prepared for local disasters.

“Every time we see a disaster, it’s such an important reminder for us at home to be prepared as well,” says Thompson. “If you have pets, make sure you’re prepared. Make sure you can easily put your cat in a crate, your dog in the car, or your horse in the trailer.

Here is a list of items pet owners should have when preparing for a disaster:

  • 2 weeks supply
  • Medication
  • medical records
  • collar tags and microchips
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