Hurricane Matthew

UPDATE 3: November 15, 2016 

It has been one month since Hurricane Matthew, and while recovery will continue for some time in many of the affected regions, we would like to share some positive stories about facilities in our industry that have come out of this disaster.

UPDATE 2: October 17, 2016

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the ZAHP Fusion center participated in nightly situational update calls on animal issues, and was able to assist in coordination of resources and information sharing down to local emergency management systems and response partners for action.  Locals have done a great job in managing animal issues!

To the facilities who stepped up to help their neighboring facilities in need, well done!  We recognize the wonderful work that continues to be done by individual facilities, local emergency management and volunteers who assisted during and after Matthew.


UPDATE 1: October 7, 2016 

As Hurricane Matthew continues to make its way up the east coast, please remember the importance of documentation in your recovery efforts.  Insurance companies will need documentation of all of your losses, time spent on response by your employees, and any services rendered.  If your institution is eligible for FEMA reimbursement this information will be vital in preparing your request. We have included downloadable to do lists and tracking documents below for anyone that may not have a template available. These documents are  provided courtesy of Lynn Cox at Detroit Zoological Society .

If your institution has concerns about data back-up and recovery, there are a couple of firms offering free services for businesses that may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.  More information about these services can be found here: .


ORIGINAL POST: October 5, 2016:

As you are aware, Hurricane Matthew is quickly approaching the East Coast causing the Governors of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to declare states of emergency. Most of you located in areas of potential impact already have hurricane plans in place, but we have included a couple of additional resources that may be of assistance below. We are closely monitoring this event, and welcome you to contact us if you have any questions or feel we may otherwise be of assistance to you at this time. Please remember incidents begin and end locally. While we share general information, look to your local emergency management agency for specific information about your area.

  • The FEMA mobile app provides resources, weather alerts, important maps and safety tips
  • This FEMA press release includes additional tips and information in preparation for Hurricane Matthew
  • Google Crisis Maps show public alerts, evacuation resources, and shelters.