For those that do not know, I am a member of the Washington State Animal Response Team. We are an organization that helps livestock and their owners during disasters. We are not a “rescue” organization in that we do not house or re-home animals. Our primary purpose is to rescue animals from dangerous situations and provide shelter if necessary during a disaster situation. You can find out more about our organization and what we do by clicking on WASART.

We have been tasked by the King County Department of Emergency Management to provide evacuation resources and a shelter location in the event that the Howard Hansen Dam floods the Green River. While that may sound fine and dandy, we are a young organization, and this is a monumental undertaking. WASART has been working on the preparations for this for a few months. Now that the rainy season is here, things are really kicking into high gear. This is the second weekend I have spent a full day at trainings and/or meetings. While it is very much like jumping into the deep end of the pool, we are swimming. We have a great group of volunteers and in the event that we do have a flooding situation, I am sure that we will be able to pull it off.

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