IFAW Responds to Hurricane Ike
UPDATE 2: Read an update from IFAW Emergency Rescue team member Michael Booth currently on the ground in Lake Charles, Louisiana rescuing family pets and other animals following the devastation of Hurricane Ike.
UPDATE: In addition to current search and rescue operations in Louisiana, IFAW has now been asked to provide emergency sheltering support for pets in Austin, Texas. An IFAW rescue team will be on the scene later today and IFAW stands ready to provide additional sheltering or rescue teams as needed. Check back for more updates.
IFAW’s Emergency Relief team is on highest alert.
It is still uncertain where Ike will come ashore, but wherever it does, it will likely bring dangerous conditions, including a storm surge that could bring with it a 22 foot wall of water.
The forecast is grim, with meteorologists warning residents of some coastal communities to leave “or face certain death.”
Members of IFAW’s Emergency Relief team are already in the area with our Rescue Trailer, fully equipped to rescue animal victims on land and in the water. We have been designated as the animal water rescue team for Calcasieu Parish, which was hit hard three years ago, during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They plan to wait out the storm and then immediately begin assessing the damage and undertaking whatever response is needed. We are hoping for the best, but are preparing for the worst.
Stay tuned for updates from our team in the field over the coming days.
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