MuttShack Renews Its Katrina Promise at the Jefferson Parish Hurricane Summit
New Orleans, May 30, 2008
“No animals will be left behind” was the clear message to the public at the Jefferson Parish Hurricane Summit.
Jefferson Parish residents attended demonstrations and presentations on State and Parish preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season at the Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue in Metairie on Friday, May 30th.
Parish President Aaron Broussard say the Parish is the best prepared it has ever been for a hurricane.
Jefferson Parish Animal Control Director LeAnn Matherne, talked in earnest on preparing animals for evacuation stressing the importance of the microchip identification system and pre-registration of pets.
Kaye Harris of MuttShack, an organization that helped rescue over 3,000 animals in the aftermath of Katrina, renewed their Katrina Promise to never let animals be left behind again.
“MuttShack will be there to support Jefferson Parish and transport pets to pet shelters during an emergency.” [Kaye Harris pictured right.]
MuttShack operates under the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development and the Animal Services division of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and in cooperation with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team.
Muttshack will provide over one hundred temperature controlled vehicles to assist in transporting dogs, cats and other household pets during an emergency and ICS trained volunteers will assist at Jefferson Parish pet evacuation points.
Parish President Aaron Broussard said many of the Parish's levees have been armored and upgraded ahead of the 2008 Hurricane Season. This includes a new floodgate and levee improvements at the Harvey Canal, and also has safe houses at Parish Pumping Stations so that personnel can remain safe and on duty during a hurricane and would not need to be evacuated.
Aaron Broussard, was a very different man today from the one who appeared on National television after Katrina, pleading for help. "In every aspect of our agency, and multi agencies that effect Jefferson Parish in storms and times of need, we're prepared," he said.
MuttShack's Kaye Harris helped wrap up the week-long events today, May 30th with the Jefferson Parish Hurricane Preparedness Summit. The full program included: United State Army Corps of Engineers - 100 Year Flood Protection Project, Law Enforcement Issues, Preparing Animals for Evacuation, Preparing the Elderly and Handicapped for Evacuation, Business Re-entry Placards, Emergency Alert System and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Registrations, Emergency Management Plans for 2008 Hurricane Season, Jefferson Parish Continuity of Operations Plan for Business and Government, Status of Pump Stations, Safe Rooms and Automation, and Generator Safety.
The Hurricane Summit was recorded by COX and will be aired regularly so that residents can review the information in preparedness.
Martin St. John, Director of MuttShack and the MuttShack organization have been officially recognized by the Parish President, Aaron Broussard "For the invaluable service they provide to Jefferson Parish."
Watch the KATRINA PROMISE VIDEO.