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How Hurricane Katrina Changed Pets’ Legal Status

About 250,000 pets were left behind when their owners evacuated for Hurricane Katrina a decade ago. People filled bathtubs with water and locked their dogs in bathrooms, assuming they’d return in a few days. Others who stayed behind with their animals were told by rescue workers that pets couldn’t come along. But despite volunteers’ best efforts, at the end the toll rang in at more than 1,800 people and 150,000 pets killed by the hurricane and its aftermath, reports David Grimm for Buzzfeed…

 

Taiwan braces for arrival of powerful Typhoon Soudelor

Soudelor has already drawn comparisons to Typhoon Morakot in 2009 which blocked roads, levelled villages and killed dozens [AFP]

Soudelor has already drawn comparisons to Typhoon Morakot in 2009 which blocked roads, levelled villages and killed dozens [AFP]

Taiwan has cancelled flights and school classes as the strongest typhoon in two years headed for the island and was expected to make a direct hit at the weekend. Typhoon Soudelor, which is due to make landfall on Saturday, has already claimed its first victims, with three people dead and one missing in choppy waters off the coast of Taiwan’s northeastern Yilan county, the coast guard said. An eight year old girl was also killed after she was swept away by the big waves. On Friday morning, a security cordon was set up to block tourists from going close to the sea bank…

 

Home Inventories Can Help in Case of Natural Disaster

Wild weather has become more common with climate change, the experts say, and homeowners can prepare for natural disasters by making home inventories — detailed lists of household belongings and their approximate value. Making a home inventory can be easy; there are inexpensive or free services, apps and software. “The format is not nearly as important as just having some kind of list,” said Jeanne Salvatore of the New York-based Insurance Information Institute, a non-profit that helps educate the public about insurance…

 

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