by: Carol Bryant
One wonders if the weather forecasters had Frankenweenie on their minds when they dubbed the huge storm expected to hit the East Coast. It is ominously, and in homage to Halloween, called “Frankenstorm.” Puns and names aside, this storm could do some serious damage.
Meteorologists expect a mess combining high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.
I never thought I’d have to evacuate my residence in an emergency situation. In the past, I’d counseled others via the written word on how to do it and even had an “emergency plan” of my own in place. I just never thought I’d need to implement those best laid plans.
- Food and treats (an ample supply)
- Water : Officials cautioned a week’s supply. When I evacuated, it was to a dog-friendly home located two hours away, so not an issue.
- Food and water bowls: Indeed.
- Medications and vaccine records. I then stored these in plastic baggies. All of my dog’s items are centrally located in one closet of the house with the exception of food and vet records. If you have a ZIP drive, take it with you.
- Photographs and ID: For safety, security, comfort but also in case Rover goes missing. Please please please do not leave the dog behind. If you couldn’t escape flood waters, neither will Fido.
- Extra leash and harness, any bedding and toys
- A safe place of retreat that ALLOWS dogs: Having made several calls the night before the mandatory evacuation, pet-friendly hotels within 2-1/2 hours were booked. Be sure to have somewhere to go for backup, a place to crash temporarily, and one that allows dogs. I’d have slept in my car of a vacant parking lot if I had to; but I didn’t. Dog-welcoming friends made our emergency escape feel more like a needed retreat. Happily, the majority of local emergency makeshift shelters allowed pets – as long as you had a kennel and vaccine records. If you titer your dog, keep copies of those as well. Write phone numbers down of these locations; more than one, in fact.
- Pet first aid kit, extra leash, toys , treats, dog bed/kennel/comforts of home.
Whether flood, fire, hurricane, tornado or other natural force strikes, it is always a good idea to have these items ready to use:
- An evacuation plan: Map or GPS of how to leave your community and where you are going
- Several days’ worth of supplies to sustain you, your family (including pets)
- First aid kit
- Non prescription and prescription medications
- Sanitary and hygiene items and toiletries
- Flashlights, batteries, a weather radio to monitor changing weather conditions
RedCross.org lists everything you would need and more tips on their website. Stay safe, everyone!
BlogPaws and World Vets, with the help of Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, are joining forces to create The Blogger Disaster Response Network and we are inviting any interested blogger to sign up and be a part of it!