For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As there is a flood watch and severe threat of tornadoes in your area, animals are at risk. They can be injured or killed if left behind during any evacuations.
Animals should never be left chained or penned up outside, where they have no escape from rising waters, strong winds, flying debris, and collapsing structures. Dogs have been sucked into the air—doghouse and all—during tornadoes, so please advise listeners to bring animal companions indoors to safety. If anyone sees animals in distress and is unable to help, they should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
You must take animals with you if it becomes necessary to move to a stronger structure, take shelter underground, or evacuate.
PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions in advance of trouble—in order to avoid being caught unprepared. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Cities that have been alerted to PETA’s flood survival tips include Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.