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Hurricane Gustav

Update Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 8:30am PDT

Noah's Wish has concluded activities associated with our deployment to Hurricane Gustav. Thank you to everyone that volunteered their time and hard work to make the response such an outstanding success and to those that supported our efforts, we couldn't do it without you.

Update Sunday, September 7th, 2008 9:10am PDT

The Shreveport shelter has now closed. All Noah's Wish personnel, except for Mari Donovan, are now on their way home. Mari was requested by LSART to assist them in establishing a temporary shelter in Baton Rouge to provide for animals whose families have experienced major damage to their homes. The State of Louisiana will provide shelter and care for all displaced animals until conditions allow them to return home.

Thanks and appreciation to all Noah's Wish volunteers working in tough conditions and for many long hours to aid the Gustav victims...people and animals alike.

Currently there are two Coordinators that remain in Slidell. They are caring for the remaining animals that were impacted by Hurricane Gustav.

Update Friday, September 5, 2008 3:30pm PDT

The shelter in Shreveport continues to contract as people and their pets are taken back to their homes. Current count is 75 animals left to be returned. The shelter is expected to close Sunday, with Noah's Wish volunteers demobilizing at that time and also returning home for a well deserved rest.

Update Thursday, September 4, 1008 3:30pm PDT

The shelter in St. Tammany Parish closed this morning, with all animals reunited with their families. Volunteers from the shelter are either on their way home or traveling to Shreveport to help demobilize the shelter there.

Residents are returning home in buses, which have been leaving the shelter in Shreveport throughout the day. It is anticipated that this shelter will close on Sunday, releasing all volunteers to depart for home at that time.

Update Tuesday, September 2, 2008 11:00am PDT

Conditions are improving in the area and some people are returning to their homes. The emergency shelter in St. Tammany Parish is in the process of reuniting people and their animals and expect that the shelter will be empty by the end of the day.

On the other side of the state, the mega-shelter in Shreveport will not begin releasing residents or their animals to return home until Thursday at the earliest. This process will take several days to complete. The plan is to release residents by zip code from west to east . The shelter will remain open until Sunday at a minimum and perhaps longer depending on the situation. This shelter housed more than 1,100 dogs, cats, birds, snakes, hamsters and more at the height of the evaucations.

Update Monday, September 1, 2008 3:30pm PDT

Gustav came ashore Monday morning with less force than expected. As soon as possible after the storm passed, Noah's Wish volunteers were out assessing the damage. In the City of Slidell and St. Tammany Parish, there were power outages, tree limbs down, but relatively little damage considering what was anticipated. Noah's Wish volunteers will meet with government representatives later in the day to discuss the need to continue operation of shelters already in place. There is the possibility that the shelters will close in the next day or so.

In Shreveport, things are running smoothly, given then number of animals in the shelter. There is concern over the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the area. There will be the potential for tornadoes along with 15-20 inches of rain and flooding throughout central and northwest Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas starting Tuesday. Such adverse conditions could delay the return of people going south and could also lead to further evacuations.

Update Monday, September 1, 2008 6:00am PDT

All shelter locations are awaiting Gustav's arrival this morning. Volunteers continue to intake last minute arrivals and provide oversight of the animals in their care. The last count of animals being housed at the mega-shelter was well over 1,000.

Slidell is hunkered down, keeping a close eye on tornadoes in the area

St. Tammany Parish shelter is riding out the storm and prepared to care for additional animals once the storm passes.

Update Sunday, August 31, 2008 12:00pm PDT

Shreveport, the shelter continues to take in animals from the parish pick up points, as well as process those that have self-evauated with their pets. Current count in the shelter is 480 cats, dogs and exotics. More evacuees are expected soon. Jefferson Parish has reported they have completed pick ups and the final truck is on its way to the shelter.

Covington shelter opened this morning at the Lyons Elementary School. Intake is currently underway as evacuees arrive at the shelter with their pets.

All animals housed at the animal control office in the City of Slidell are in transit to Jackson, Mississippi where they will ride out the storm.

Update Saturday, August 30, 2008 2:30pm PDT

Shreveport shelter preparations are underway to receive animals being evaucated from low lying parishes. First arrivals are expected later this afternoon. At the same time Noah's Wish volunteers are readying the shelter, they are also conducting briefings with other groups and getting prepared to intake a large number of animals. At Covington shelter, NW volunteers are going through much the same process to have that shelter location ready to open tomorrow morning.

Update Friday, August 29, 2008 5:30pm PDT

Noah's Wish volunteers are now on the ground in Louisiana preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav early next week. Pre-storm shelters will open to evacuees tomorrow morning. The shelter in Shreveport will begin accepting animals from 13 pick-up points in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes on Saturday, convoying them to the shelter. To gauge the magnitude of this process, there are thirteen trucks, each carries over ninety cages.

Currently 15 volunteers in Shreveport are readying the shelter for the first evacuees. More volunteers are on the way, but we always need more. Volunteers have also arrived in St. Tammany Parish and Slidell and are setting up shelters there in anticipation of arrivals tomorrow.

Friday, August 29, 2008 8:00AM

Noah's Wish volunteers from throughout the US and Canada will be traveling to Louisiana starting today, and continuing over the weekend. They will be working with local authorities to staff staff three shelters setup to house and care for animals evacuated from gulf coast areas threatened by Hurricane Gustuv. The time and location of landfall is not known at this time, but models indicate a hit sometime late Monday or early Tuesday in Louisiana.

Check this location frequently for updated information.

Noah's Wish issued this press release 8/29/2008:

Animal Rescue Group "Noah's Wish" Mobilizes Volunteers in Louisiana
As Gustav Heads for Gulf Coast

El Dorado Hills, CA (August 28, 2008) -- Noah's Wish, a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to rescuing and sheltering animals in disasters has mobilized its Emergency Disaster Response team and will deploy more than 20 trained volunteers to Louisiana starting tomorrow as the Gulf Coast braces for Gustav. The National Hurricane Center predicts the tropical storm will strengthen to a hurricane and head straight for the U.S. Gulf Coast. Gustav is expected to make landfall anywhere from western Florida -- which is already waterlogged from last week's Tropical Storm Fay -- to Louisiana, where cleanup and repair efforts continue three years after Hurricane Katrina.

Noah's Wish volunteers will staff the mega-shelter in Shreveport, LA and assist with preparations to care for animals evacuated from Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. Noah's Wish is warning residents along the Gulf Coast to keep a close watch on Gustav and be ready to evacuate with their pets.

"It is so important to have a plan and not wait until the last minute to evacuate,” said Donna Ganguet, Chief Operating Officer, Noah's Wish. “If you have to evacuate, do not leave your pets. If you have no choice but to leave your animals behind, turn the animals loose, giving them a chance to survive on their own. Make sure your pets have a collar and ID tag and possible, have the animal micro-chipped.” Noah's Wish recommends leaving ample food and water for any pets left behind. Pet owners who evacuate with their animals should pack a week's supply of bottled water, food, medications, a litter pan and box, along with a familiar toy or blanket for their pets.

Noah's Wish also reminds Americans to have a basic disaster supply kit ready at all times.

The following items might be needed at home or for an evacuation. Keeping them in an easy-to-carry backpack or duffel bag near your door would be best in case you need to evacuate quickly, such as in a tsunami, flash flood, or major chemical emergency. Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Kit basics are:

• A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
• Flashlight and extra batteries.
• First aid kit and first aid manual.
• Supply of prescription medications.
• Credit card and cash.
• Personal identification.
• An extra set of car keys.
• Matches in a waterproof container.
• Signal flare.
• Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go.
• Special needs, for example, diapers or formula, prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions, hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses, or other physical needs.

Noah's Wish is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to rescuing and sheltering animals in disasters, throughout the United States and Canada.

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