You’ve just found out there’s a hurricane headed your way. What emergency readiness plans for you and your dogs have you put in place?…
This is what the meteorologist said this morning –
Hermine becomes a hurricane
This was in our local newspaper this afternoon…
HAVING FLASHBACKS –
Almost one month to the day (October 5, 2015) I wrote about being a Dog Walking Video Vixen during Hurricane Joaquin.
There I was – living in Charleston not even a month with a puppy. Postponing potty breaks was not an option. #gottagonow
We were the only two creatures outside. He was the only creature playing in the flooded streets…
Even though our electricity remained on and there was no damage to the home, I realized the importance of being prepared during hurricane season.
HERE’S WHAT I’VE LEARNED –
When official notification becomes public you should revisit your evacuation plan.
The Low Country is under a tropical storm warning as Hermine is expected to pass directly over the Charleston area Friday, according to the latest forecast track. The storm is now expected to be a hurricane at landfalll on the Florida panhandle in the early hours Friday. Source: the Post and Courier
This mornings news triggered me to make sure I had what I needed for the Boys.
MY BASIC DISASTER KIT –
- Supplies – *Slip leashes and collars, medication (to include heart worm and flea protection), poop bags, and treats are all in one area along with travel bags. I can literally go in there and come out with everything I need. *I use slip leashes because a frightened dog can slip out of a collar. But I also use a collar for identification purposes.
- Food, Bowls & Water – Even though I’m expecting a shipment of food any day now, I am a little low. I cannot depend or rely on the UPS man. A trip to the pet store was first on my list…
- Pet Carriers – I don’t use pet carriers, but I make sure I’ve got car harnesses, travel beds and blankets – rolled up and ready to go.
- Current Photos – Good to have something that provides a current photo, description, and pertinent information about your pet. Seriously thinking of creating something like this and filling it with information to keep with my disaster kit #diydoodlemom….
OTHER USEFUL ITEMS –
These items were NOT on my list, but they
should will be –
- Paper towels – always comes in handy
- Plastic trash bags – gotta have a place for the used paper towels right?
- Grooming items – how could I have forgotten grooming items #geez
- Bleach – I guess a small spray bottle makes sense
Source: The Humane Society
IN THE EVENT OF EVACUATION –
My plan is to head North. I’m going to relatives. But if that’s NOT possible – here’s a list of websites to help me locate pet friendly places –
- Go Pet Friendly
And it goes without saying, please try to stay as calm as possible –
Whether you leave early, choose to stay, or are required to evacuate due to the storm’s severity or due to house damage, remember to stay calm. Your pet can sense your emotions, so a calming demeanor can lead to a less-panicked pet. Oh, and don’t forget to speak to your pet in a calm, soothing voice, too. Source: Pet Med
Right now – we’ve been bumped up to a “tropical storm warning” with 55 mph winds scheduled to arrive around Friday afternoon.
For all our friends in and around Hurricane Hermine’s path – be safe and stay indoors. If you have pets, and your expecting dangerous weather, please gather what you need and pre-position it BEFORE the weather gets bad.
Doodle Dad, the Boys and I plan to bunker down and remain home, unless otherwise instructed.
ONE MORE THING –
Yes, I have wine 🙂
Safety First – Great Holiday Weekend Second…