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Hurricane Sandy liveblog: What to expect Saturday night and Sunday (+video)

Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the Atlantic Coast early Tuesday. Prior forecasts still hold, with high wind watches and warnings in effect and significant storm surges expected.

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6. Invest in sturdy pet carriers. Whether your pet goes to a relative or an emergency shelter, it needs a safe place to stay, says Toni McNulty, team lead for animals in disaster with (@Redcrossdog on Twitter), a nonprofit organization that uses social media to fill the communications gap between those affected by disaster and those responding to disaster. Try a collapsible crate that is large enough to hold food and water bowls, and allows your pet to stand and turn around. "Get it ahead of time and let your pet get used to it. Mark with contact information. If your pet winds up in an emergency shelter, that contact information is necessary." It also helps to include a few favorite toys or bedding.

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7. Stock the basics in an emergency bag. Be sure to include a leash (for dogs and cats), a collar with identification information, a harness and a muzzle, even if your pet is the sweetest in the land. "If an animal rescue person tries to pick up your pet, you don't want your pet biting," McNulty says. "Pets pick up stress, just like people in an emergency, and they can behave in a way that they normally don't."

8. Carry copies of documentation. Grab a waterproof container and use it to hold copies of your pet's vital information, McNulty says. The container should hold pictures of your pet, as well as a list of medications, allergies, vaccination records, a rabies certificate, and disaster contacts – inside and outside of the disaster area.

9. Carry photos that show you with your pet. To alleviate any confusion when it's time to recover your pet from an emergency facility, be sure to carry photos that show you and your pet together. McNulty says to attach those photos as proof of ownership on your pet's crate.

10. Don't wait for the second or third warning. If you live in an area that's known for weather emergencies, act as soon as you hear a warning, McNulty says. "When pets sense urgency, they hide and you lose valuable time trying to find them," she says. Keep leashes, collars and crates ready at a moment's notice, particularly if you live in a mobile home or vulnerable structure.

Saturday Oct. 27 2:03 p.m.

A leading US conservation groups posts this caution with useful links:

As Hurricane Sandy takes aim at the east coast, American Rivers is urging people to take precautions recommended by FEMA and the Red Cross. 

American Rivers offers the following links to flood safety and flood management resources:

The latest Hurricane Sandy advisories from NOAA:

FEMA flood safety:

Red Cross: Preparedness and disaster relief:

Protecting communities from flood damage:

If you live in the path of the hurricane, take action to protect your home and loved ones. To prepare for a flood, FEMA urges people to prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. The Red Cross has resources on how to keep your home and family safe. And the Humane Society has resources on preparing your pets, too.

American Rivers has experts in Washington, DC and along the east coast who are available to comment throughout next week about the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on rivers and flooding. American Rivers staff in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will be posting updates to

Saturday Oct. 27 11:50 a.m.

Latest reports from the Associated Press:

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey, ahead of Hurricane Sandy's expected arrival.


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