As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Irene, animal rescue and welfare groups have been taking precautions to prepare for a potential onslaught of animals in need, as well as helping families to protect their companion animals. The New York City Office of Emergency Management has mobilized an Animal Planning Task Force with representatives from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Care & Control of NYC, and other organizations to ensure disaster preparedness and compile tips for citizens. The task force suggests bringing companion animals inside at the first sign of a storm, ensuring that all animals are wearing identification, and creating a kit with food, water, medical records, and medications.
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