IFAW’s Disaster Response Team is heading to the west coast of Mexico to help animals affected by powerful Hurricane Patricia.
There are reports that animal shelters have been destroyed and wildlife rescue centers have been damaged.
A team of IFAW responders is making their way to the affected areas to help the animals any way we can. We’re also coordinating with several other animal welfare organizations to make sure our combined efforts will make the most impact for the animals.
Below is a message from IFAW Mexico’s Joaquin de la Torre about the storm and response preparations there.
Hurricane Patricia has touched ground tonight near Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo. All the surrounding areas have been evacuated by Federal authorities to shelters.
Authorities are expecting to find lots of destruction in the path of the hurricane plus the heavy rains that created flooding and landslides. The Mexican Government has declared a state of maximum alert. The army and Federal police have been deployed to the region.
I’ve reached out to our contacts in the area. And IFAW’s office here has been working with other organizations to see how we will be able work together to help animals in the region.
I’ll keep you updated as the storm progresses.
I’ll update you as soon as I know anything else about Hurricane Patricia’s impact, how the animals need us, and how you can help.
In the meantime, please keep the people and animals of Mexico in your thoughts and prayers.
IFAW’s Disaster Response Manager
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