I was at another shelter in Norman, Oklahoma when the Moore tornado hit in 2013.
These are some of the lessons we learned in the following weeks and months – and – my thoughts on what lies ahead for all of us in rescue.
A tornado is devastating, quick and leaves behind a bare slate. Recovery begins almost immediately.
One month later slabs have been cleared and progress on rebuilding is in full swing.
This time frame does not fit hurricane recovery.
One month from now, we will begin to feel the full impact of homeless pets that need help from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.
We’ll also need to continue to help the homeless pets in our own backyard.
Six months from now, we’ll still be helping rescues/shelters in Texas and only then will you begin to see new structures truly take shape in the aftermath of mud, fire, water, mold, sludge that is now part of the Hurricane Harvey landscape.
I lived in OKC when the Murrah bombing occurred and Oklahomans set the standard for rescue/recovery help.
Hurricane Harvey is setting the unprecedented standard of collaboration that will lead to a new standard for hurricane rescue.
In the meantime, and for the long haul, help where you can.
Realize we can provide the most help once the damage assessment has been accomplished, the Texas shelters are full of lost pets, there’s a need for new adoption options and all of us will be heavily involved in the process.
Let’s set the standard for animal rescue/people-to- people help/collaboration as never before experienced.
That will make the difference so desperately needed for the long haul – – and it will be a long haul.
Hang on, get ready, work together and let’s do it!!!