Superstorm (Hurricane) Sandy

Photo: FEMA/Norman Lenburg
Photo: FEMA/Norman Lenburg
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made its U.S. landfall southwest of Atlantic City, N.J. In the days preceding and following landfall, the hurricane brought strong winds, heavy rain and a storm surge that affected the entire U.S. eastern seaboard and parts of the Midwest. The hurricane collided with other storm fronts to form a “superstorm” that brought severe weather to more than 24 U.S. states.
New York and New Jersey were the states most severely impacted. Across the United States, estimated damages approach $50 billion, with thousands of destroyed homes and structures. The storm cut off power to millions of people and caused more than 100 deaths.

Read the November 12 JAVMA News Express article, Sandy takes its toll.

AVMA Actions

We have been and continue to be actively communicating and cooperating with other National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition members, affected states, state veterinary medical associations, federal agencies and the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs to identify and address critical animal health and veterinary needs.
The AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams are on standby and are available to assist the states if needed. Additionally, we continue to receive and coordinate offers of donations, providing a link between the donors and the organizations coordinating resource requests.
It is possible that this superstorm has affected as many as 20,000 AVMA member veterinarians. As the recovery process continues and communications are restored, we anticipate there will be significant needs among veterinarians in New York and New Jersey, and we continue to monitor the situation and coordinate efforts to support affected veterinarians.

Get Updates

For updates on the situation and for easy access to resources available, visit:
Additional information is available on FEMA’s Hurricane Sandy page.  

Be Prepared

Even if you weren't affected by Hurricane Sandy, you should be prepared for the potential disasters that could affect you. We've got resources for veterinarians and for pet owners so you can be prepared and keep your practice and/or your entire family safe.