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SOURCE American Humane Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Tropical Storm Karen threatening the Southeastern United States, and a possible severe weather outbreak in the central states predicted for today, the experts at American Humane Association and their Red Star™ emergency rescue program, are issuing key tips to help you keep yourself, your family and your animals safe – before, during and after a storm.
Before the storm
During the storm….if you cannot evacuate
After the storm
"Hurricanes and tornadoes are among the deadliest of weather phenomena," says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "Fortunately, our Red Star program has worked in disaster relief for nearly 100 years and has amassed a lot of practical knowledge on how families can prepare and, if there is no way to avoid the storms, weather them as well as possible and keep loved ones safe afterwards."
"Our team is watching both Tropical Storm Karen and the possible severe weather situation in the central states closely. Those who are in the path of these storms should prepare by taking necessary precautions now," says Justin Scally, American Humane Association national director of emergency services. "The smartest thing you can do to prepare is to have a plan ready to protect your family and your pets. Thinking ahead is the best way of keeping everyone you love safe."
About American Humane Association and their Red Star™ emergency services program
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, disasters, abuse and neglect. Today they're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society.
Their legendary Red Star emergency services program has been involved in nearly every major relief effort over the past 100 years, including World War I when they rescued wounded horses on the battlefields of Europe, the Great Ohio Flood of 1937, Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina, the eruption at Mount Saint Helens, the terror attacks on 9/11, the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Superstorm Sandy, and the killer tornadoes in Joplin and Oklahoma. The Red Star program has rescued more than 70,000 animals in just the past five years alone.
For more information and tips, or to support Red Star's efforts, go to www.americanhumane.org or call 1-866-242-1877.
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