Animal Services 2000 is a website containing valuable information on the care and safety of animal life of Putnam County and its surrounding counties (Florida). This area consists of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Flagler, Marion, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.
    Animal Services 2000 website is a community service provided by Humane Animal Education and Services. The Mission of HAES is to promote the welfare of all animals in our area. HAES is an animal WELFARE group - not an animal rights group. HAES is a project of Karl's Kids Program, Inc.
    • AS2000 promotes the humane treatment of animals through education.
    • AS2000 promotes rescuing pets from shelters by highlighting available animals from local shelters.
    • AS2000 promotes adopting pets from reputable rescues.
    • AS2000 promotes buying animals from reputable breeders only.
    • AS2000 promotes the safety of area animals from family emergencies to county disasters.
    These and other topics of interest for animal lovers may be found on AS2000. FaceBook Page: Humane Animal Education & Services - HAES

FEMA Press Release, Aug. 24, 20011

August 24, 2011
No.: HQ-11-134
FEMA News Desk: 202-646-3272

As Hurricane Irene Approaches, FEMA Urges East Coast Resident to Be Prepared

Residents Should Follow the Instructions of Local Officials and Visit or to Prepare for Hurricanes and Severe Weather

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene moves toward the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all residents in East Coast states to take steps now to prepare their families and businesses for hurricanes and severe weather. Visit or for helpful tips on preparing for hurricanes, flash flooding and other disasters.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irene is now a category three hurricane and will move across the southeastern and central Bahamas today and over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday. For more forecast information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center,

See Comment for the rest of the Release.

Weather Advisory, Aug. 23, 2011- 2:31pm

... A significant weather advisory has been issued for central Putnam
and northern Marion counties for strong winds... small hail and
excessive lightning valid until 330 PM EDT...

At 231 PM EDT National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
strong thunderstorm centered over Mannville... or over Interlachen...
moving south at 10 mph. This strong thunderstorm will also affect
areas around Mannville... Interlachen... Hollister... Johnson... Orange
Springs... Hog Valley... Salt Springs and Fort McCoy through 330 PM
EDT. Hail up to three quarter inch in diameter... excessive
cloud-to-ground lightning and gusty winds of 45 to 55 mph can be
expected along with possible minor damage. Heavy rainfall will
produce ponding of water on roadways and minor flooding of low-lying

Report damage to the nearest law enforcement agency or your County
emergency management.

Hurricane Irene - Tuesday morning Summary

Provided by: Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist, Florida Division of Emergency Management

• At 8am ET Tuesday, large Hurricane Irene was located in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean about 55 miles northeast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and 70 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island. This position is also approximately 705 miles east-southeast of Miami, Florida.

Read the rest of this weather report in the comment section.

Palatka Pet-Friendly Lodgings

Sleep Inn & Suites
3805 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177
(877) 424-6423
Pet Policy - Pet accommodation: 20.00 USD per night.
Pet Limit: max 2 pets per room, up to 20 pounds. An additional 100.00 deposit required for pet rooms. Fully refundable at check-out upon room inspection.

Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront
201 N. 1st Street
Palatka, FL 32177-3703
(877) 424-6423
Pet Policy - Pet Accommodation: 20.00/night
Pet Limit: 1 pet per room Pet Size: 15 pounds and under

Mass Care Sheltering

Emergency mass care shelters should only be used as a last resort. It is always better to stay with family, friends or a hotel out of the area if possible.

DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 for shelter or storm information - only use this number for a life threatening emergency.

In Putnam County preregistration is needed to be added to the Special Needs Registry. For more information about the Special Needs Program call Denise Townsend with the Putnam County Health Department at (386) 326-3238.

Remember when going to a shelter you will be given a small amount of floor space. Items of comfort are not provided.

From the county website the following items are listed to take with you:
Sufficient non-perishable food for 72 hours; medicine and baby needs; games for children; bedding and a change of clothes for the entire family; flashlight with extra batteries.

To this list I will add:
~ Air mattress or cot
~ Reading material, deck of cards, small craft projects such as knitting materials
~ Cell phone and wall charger
~ Baby wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and other supplies.

Hurricane Irene now a Cat 2, Aug. 22, 2011

Irene projected to be a Cat 3 (111-130 mph) when she passes off our East Coast.

From WeatherUnderground

at 830 PM AST...0030 UTC...the center of Hurricane Irene was
located by an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft
near latitude 19.7 north...longitude 68.7 west. Irene is moving
toward the west-northwest near 10 mph...17 km/h. A motion toward
the west-northwest with a slight increase in forward speed is
expected tonight and Tuesday. On the forecast track...the core of
Irene will move just to the north of the Dominican Republic and
Haiti tonight...near or over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the
southeastern Bahamas on Tuesday...and near the central Bahamas
early Wednesday.

Data from the hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum
sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph...160 km/h...with
higher gusts. Irene is a category two hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during
the next 48 hours...and Irene could become a major hurricane on

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles...75 km...from
the center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185
miles...295 km.

Irene is now a Hurricane, 5:00 am, Aug. 22, 2011

Projected Path -- over us on Thursday night / Friday morning

As of 5am:

a Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Puerto Rico...Vieques...and Culebra
* north coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haiti border
eastward to Cabo engano

a Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* north coast of Haiti from Le Mole St. Nicholas eastward to the
Dominican Republic border
* central Bahamas

a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* South Coast of the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo engano
westward to the Haiti border
* all of Haiti
* southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands

Weather Advisory, Aug. 21, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene is moving toward the west or west-northwest. Irene is expected to pass near Puerto Rico tonight or early tomorrow and then move to the Dominican Republic.

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