Friday, August 26, 2011

Be Pet Prepared!

Earthquakes and hurricanes are all I've been hearing about lately ... and I live in Pennsylvania!  Eerily strange, I know, but these two major, often disastrous events are happening to me all within a week of each other.

On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, I felt the earthquake that happened in Virginia.  Even though it was only minor (very thankful!), it was still weird to feel your chair and desk shake and even more scary to see your brick office building move back and forth, especially when you are on the third floor. I don't know how people in California deal with this.

It's all over the news and radio that the entire east coast should be preparing for Hurricane Irene which is supposed to hit where I live late Saturday, early Sunday. We've been through tropical storms before but it seems Irene is only gaining momentum and hasn't even been talked about being downgraded to a tropical storm. Okay, I'm a little scared now.

While I am very fortunate to have a generator and secure home with safe rooms, my thoughts have really been with those who are being evacuated all along the east coast and in New Jersey. Also having the compassionate heart I have, I can't help but think about the animals and pets that will be affected. I remember seeing those haunting images of animals/pets following Hurricane Katrina and recently, with the the Japan tsunami.

I wanted to make sure to pass along some tips and of course to remind people that pets need us too in these disaster times.  I found some great information on the Humane Society's website that is very helpful in disaster situations.  Just to highlight a few:
  1. If you are planning on evacuating, don't forget your pets!  The Humane Society has a list of pet friendly hotels.
  2. If you plan on staying to wait out the storm, be sure to have a pet disaster kit, including food, water, any medications your pet is taking, medical history in a waterproof container, leash/harness, pet first-aid kit, blankets, toys and waste collection items.
  3. Be sure to have your pets ID, in case something would happen where they may get loose.
It's better to plan now and be safe rather than sorry.  For more information on Pet Disaster Preparedness, please visit the Humane Society of the United States of America website HERE for more information.  Stay safe everyone, that goes for humans and pets!!

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart." ~ Unknown


Amber DaWeenie said...

Very good post. We live in Florida and were spared by both the earthquake and the wrath of Irene but having been through major hurricanes in 2004, I can certainly understand and respect your fear. As for the animals, I pray we NEVER have another situation as during Katrina where animals were just abandoned. They can't take care of themselves and they need their families...and their families need them too.

Be Safe this weekend!

24 Paws of Love said...

Great post and good information. Stay safe. Paw prayers are crossed for you and your family. :)

Brian said...

Thanks for coming by to see me today! Hey, that was a great post and I hope all is A-O-K where you live. We felt that earthquake down here in South Carolina too.