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March 23, 2019

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In the Wake of Nature’s Fury, an Expert Team of First Responders

Fights to Save Animals’ Lives



Animal Storm Squad Premieres Friday, March 11, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD

(PASADENA, CA — Jan. 6, 2016) If a natural disaster strikes, what will happen to your pet? Every year, thousands of animals are injured, trapped or displaced as a result of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Traditional first responders are not equipped to assist animals, leaving them helpless in the wake of catastrophe.

Until now.

Nat Geo WILD’s new series Animal Storm Squad follows a team of dedicated meteorologists, storm chasers, animal experts and emergency personnel who have banded together to form the ultimate first responder squad to rescue trapped and injured animals. Animal Storm Squad premieres Friday, March 11, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD and globally in 131 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit our press website at www.foxflash.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

“What’s incredible about this show is that the team doesn’t just wait for disaster to strike, they actively pursue storms so that they will be on the ground when they hit,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “They know the local first responders aren’t equipped to help animals, so they’ve stepped up to fill a need and reunite families.”

Led by Karissa Hadden, a veterinary assistant and founder of an animal rescue charity, each episode of Animal Storm Squad follows the team as it prepares for a mission into a disaster zone. It is a 24/7, 365-day pursuit that has them crisscrossing the country, trying to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Battling their way through ferocious weather, downed trees and damaged roads, they find the animals that Mother Nature left behind.

“If I wasn’t able to help my own animals, I would hope that somebody would care enough to help me,” said Hadden. “That’s why I do everything I can to make sure that no creature is left behind.”


  • WILDFIRE: Wenatchee, Washington: Seven animals rescued during the largest wildfire in the state’s history
  • TORNADO: Van, Texas: Eleven animals helped after a powerful EF3 tornado
  • FLOOD: San Marco, Texas: Ten animals helped after dangerous flooding
  • WILDFIRE: Middletown, California: Eight animals helped after a devastating wildfire
  • FLOOD: Andrews, South Carolina: Eight animals helped after a flood rendered the state a disaster zone

Premiere Episodes

Trial by Fire

Premieres Friday, March 11, 10/9c

The team rushes to rescue lost and displaced animals in central Washington state, which is in chaos after a wildfire grows to more than 200,000 acres. The team battles dangerous conditions and poor air quality to find a mother cat and her two kittens abandoned and hiding underneath a deck. With no immediate access to the enclosed space, will the team find a way to get the cats to safety? A black bear cub is on the loose and the team jumps into hot pursuit. Then two escaped horses make a run for it, and the team devises a plan to get them home.

Texas Twister

Premieres Friday, March 18, 10/9c

The Animal Storm Squad hurries to Van, Texas, after a powerful EF3 tornado rips through the town, leveling everything in its path. The team faces its first challenge immediately upon arriving in town: five cats that are trapped under a house. It’s a dangerous situation for everyone involved because the house is unstable and could collapse at any moment. Karissa leads a heroic effort to save a horse injured in the storm, and the team reunites families with their furry loved ones.

California Burning

Premieres Friday, March 25, 10/9c

The Animal Storm Squad races to Middleton California where a devastating wildfire scorches the countryside, destroying homes and displacing families. Karissa leads the team through the fury of one of the worst wildfires in state history, rescuing everything from gravely injured cats to abandoned dogs. 

Meet the Team

Karissa Hadden is a veterinary assistant from Canada who founded the charity Never Stop Saving Animal Disaster Rescue Transport. She was inspired to do something after trying to help some kittens that were ultimately lost in the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013. Karissa has degrees in human resource management and public communications from Stratford College in Ontario, Canada. She has also finished courses in swift water rescue, confined spaces awareness, hazmat and search and rescue. Hadden is Animal Storm Squad’steam leader in caring for and transporting each rescued pet to safety and on to its owners.

Erik Fox is the team’s weather forecaster who provides up-to-date, real-time weather information. He is also a trained firefighter and retired Army sergeant who served the United States for 14 years.

Leigh Ann Bennett is a physician’s assistant who helps triage and care for the rescued animals. She is a trained trauma nurse who brings more than 15 years of experience to the team.

Dustin Feldman is a wildlife management expert, a wilderness EMT and a field medic. Previously a rescue boat captain, firefighter and storm chaser, Dustin is the man you want by your side in an emergency.

Animal Storm Squad is produced by BCII for Nat Geo WILD. BCII executive producer is Bud Brutsman. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the American Red Cross issued the following statements in response to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of AB 317, an important bill that would have enabled emergency responders to establish temporary animal shelters to assist animals in need during disasters. Sponsored by Assembly Member Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), AB 317 overwhelmingly passed the state legislature in September.

“The ASPCA is frequently called upon to assist law enforcement and local agencies during disasters like the recent wildfire in Lake County, so we have seen firsthand how the ability to respond quickly and effectively during these devastating events is critical to saving lives and reuniting lost pets with their families,” said Kevin O’Neill, senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Western region. “We thank Assembly Member Maienschein for his support on this legislation and we will continue working to improve California’s emergency response capabilities.”

“We are looking forward to bringing this very important issue back next year,” said Christy Woods, Director of Government Relations of the American Red Cross. “There are always missing or injured animals during disasters as we saw in the Butte and Valley wildfires recently, so we want to ensure they are safe as well.”

The ASPCA and Red Cross are grateful that the Governor included in his veto message a directive to his agencies to work with the author to resolve their issues and bring the bill back next year. The groups look forward to working with the Governor and his agencies to clarify the language of this bill to ensure relief organizations are able to move swiftly to prevent the suffering of animals.

The ASPCA expressed thanks to Gov. Brown for signing another animal protection bill, AB 316, to assist local animal care agencies across the state who step up to care for animals seized during large-scale cruelty investigations. Animal cruelty investigations dealing with issues such as animal fighting, hoarding and puppy mills can result in large numbers of animals suddenly needing intensive veterinary care and sheltering. Since most animal care agencies in California operate at or near full capacity, these temporary shelters are critically important.

For more information about the ASPCA, or to join the Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


This month is pet-preparedness month as well as hurricane season. Even though we hate to admit it, disasters happen and advanced preparation can be the difference between life and death, for you and your furry friends. From natural disasters to everyday emergencies, The Humane Society of the United States has recommendations that will keep both you and your pet safe.

Steps for a plan include making a disaster kit, finding a pet-friendly hotel or motel, and making sure your animal has a collar and identification tag.

The HSUS Disaster Plan website also includes information such as when to evacuate with your pet and what to do if you decide to stay home with your pet.

You can find all the information and step-by-step instructions for a disaster plan on the HSUS Website.

(May 29, 2012)— The Humane Society of the United States urges residents in East Coast and Gulf Coast states to keep their pets in mind in preparation for a natural disaster. People can take some simple – but critical – steps to keep their pets safe and healthy in severe weather and possible evacuations. More than 35 million people, many of them pet owners, live in areas threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.

“More than 60 percent of American households have pets, and weathering a major storm requires an evacuation plan that includes our animals,” said Niki Dawson, director of disaster services for The HSUS. “If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for them. If you are ordered to shelter-in-place and not evacuate, bring your pets inside with you and make sure you have adequate supplies.”

The HSUS Animal Rescue Team has a fully equipped response team to assist communities impacted by a natural disaster. In 2011, The HSUS responded to natural disasters in North Carolina, Vermont, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, and North Dakota, helping to care for more than 2,000 displaced animals.

AccuWeather forecasters predict an average hurricane season from June to November. Pet owners can reduce their animals' chances of being at risk during a disaster by following the suggestions below.

Things you can do right now:

  • Put a collar with visible identification on your pets, including indoor-only pets.
  • Keep pictures of your pets on hand for identification purposes. Ideally, you should also be in the photo.
  • Create a pet emergency kit (see below) and refresh the items every few months.
  • Talk to your neighbors about how they can help your pets if you are not at home when disaster strikes.
  • Create a list of hotels that allow pets. Plan on evacuating about 100 miles inland.

Pet emergency kits should include:

  • Minimum of a three-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof containers, and drinking water.
  • Bowls for food and water.
  • Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings.
  • Medications, vaccination records and first aid pet supplies.
  • Comfort items such as a toy and blanket.
  • Small garbage bags.
  • For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.
  • For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport and for your cat to use as a temporary “apartment” for several days.

A Zogby International poll after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them. In 2006, Congress addressed this issue by passing the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which requires state and local emergency management agencies to make plans that take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency. It is crucial that all pet owners reach out to their local government to understand their community's existing human and pet evacuation plans.

And finally, click here for a brochure on farm animals in disaster, including sheltering in-place preparations as well as evacuations.

For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit humanesociety.org/prepare.

Disaster response team offers sheltering supplies to help pet owners, animals in local community

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Taney County Health Department Animal Control Division in Branson, Mo., has dispatched its disaster response team to provide emergency supplies to aid animals affected by the devastating tornado that struck the city of Branson and Taney County on February 29, destroying commercial, residential and rural areas. ASPCA officials estimate that approximately 250 to 500 animals have been directly impacted by the tornado.

ASPCA responders arrived on the ground Wednesday, February 29, to work with local officials to assess the situation and establish a system that will provide pet owners with much needed supplies such as pet food, bowls and crates, which are being generously donated by PetSmart Charities, Inc. Additionally, the ASPCA is providing an initial grant in the amount of $10,000 to help animals in need of emergency sheltering and veterinary care. For information about qualifications for grant assistance please contact Taney County Animal Center at (417) 332-0172.

“Many people have lost their homes due to the tornado, and our goal is to alleviate some of the stress for pet owners by keeping them together with their animals,” said Dr. Dick Green, director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “The ASPCA has worked with the Taney County Animal Control to establish a shelter-in-place plan where pet owners can request sheltering units consisting of kennels, food, bowls, leashes and collars. The sheltering units will be assembled and delivered to pet owners by the Taney County Animal Control. The ASPCA will continue to provide ongoing assistance, personnel and resources in Branson as long as we’re needed.”

“The Taney County Animal Control is currently going through a remodeling project, which has limited our capacity to take in more animals affected by the storm,” said Eric Hansen of the Taney County Animal Control. “We are grateful that the ASPCA is able to provide assistance to the animals in our community.”

Taney County residents who need emergency animal shelter units or for any animal control issues should contact the Taney County Animal Control at (417) 332-0172.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.