For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As Colorado’s Severe Weather Awareness Week approaches, we ask that you to please include animals in your emergency plans—a reminder that will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and avoid much human remorse.
Animals should never be left outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any way, as they will be unable to flee rising floodwaters or escape from strong winds, flying debris, and collapsing structures during severe storms. Dogs have been sucked into the air—doghouse and all—during tornadoes, so animals must be brought indoors to safety. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. It reminds you to ensure the safety of your animal companions in advance of trouble, to avoid being caught unprepared.
More information is available at PETA.org.
Cities that have been alerted to PETA’s severe weather tips include Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Grand Junction, CO.