Animals Need a Plan for Natural Disasters Too

Animals Need a Plan for Natural Disasters Too

Human activity has nearly doubled the rate of natural disasters in the last quarter-century. And as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) explained in a new report out this week: While many natural disasters cause great financial hardship and can tragically result in loss of human life, animals are often overlooked in the chaos. […]

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Caring for Pets During Natural Disasters

Caring for Pets During Natural Disasters

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month which encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for natural disasters or emergencies. Unfortunately, this year disasters are a threat that millions of Americans have seen realized from wildfires on the West Coast to an exceptionally active hurricane season in the Atlantic. And while people are enduring unspeakable […]

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We Need to Focus on Mental Health After Natural Disasters

We Need to Focus on Mental Health After Natural Disasters

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a national mental health crisis. A CDC survey found that 40% of respondents are struggling with mental health, as CNN explained, “both related to the coronavirus pandemic itself and the measures put in place to contain it, including physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.” And now, according to the […]

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Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here, Preparing for Storms is More Difficult Than Ever

Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here, Preparing for Storms is More Difficult Than Ever

Yesterday was the first day of Atlantic hurricane season and NOAA’s outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season. This has left coastal states scrambling to adjust their emergency response plans in the face of COVID-19, namely where to house evacuees. The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to […]

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One Sweet Thing: Mexico’s Famed Rescue Dog Retires

One Sweet Thing: Mexico’s Famed Rescue Dog Retires

A famous yellow lab who saved 12 lives and recovered 41 bodies during her career as a search and rescue dog is being honored as she retires from her post. As AFP reported,  Frida the rescue dog gained worldwide fame for her heroics after the earthquake that devastated Mexico on September 19, 2017, officially retired […]

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Insurance companies setting houses on fire in the name of research

Insurance companies setting houses on fire in the name of research

Recent natural disasters forced the insurance industry to recalculate its risks–and quickly. As NPR reported, “The past two years have been particularly costly for insurance companies that are on the hook for billions of dollars in damage done by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other disasters. As these disasters become more frequent and expensive, in part […]

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