Question of the week

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Question of the week
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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 8:01pm
Hurricane. Earthquake. Tornado. Wildfire. Heat Drought. Evil and pestilence. It's an inhospitable world out there this summer.

Do you have a disaster plan and an evacuation kit for your pets?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2000
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 5:05am

With all the storms and hurricanes we had back in 04, we were pretty much packed and ready to go in a moment's notice, but we kind of let it lapse over the years. I keep our important paperwork handy and it wouldn't take much to pack up the dog's stuff. I don't think there's a whole lot you can do with a tornado, it either hits your house or it misses it. Good thing is that there are more and more pet friendly shelters in case people have to evacuate for a hurricane. We're in a non evac zone, but if it's bad enough, we would get in the car and haul butt out of here :) I'm more concerned about the new gun laws we have here now

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-16-2002
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 10:26am

We really don't have anything official put together or planned for disasters. We're in a small rowhome so our evacuation plan pretty much consists of grabbing the dogs and running out the doors. I'm not sure if it's possible to have an evacuation plan for cats. Alice is very social so I would have to hope she would come to us and not hide. If we couldn't get downstairs, we'd have to go out the second floor windows. In terms of supplies, we always have some canned food and the dogs would just share our stock of water. We always have dog-friendly first aid items around, too (Neosporin, baby aspirin, gauze and tape, etc.).

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 09-06-2011 - 4:21pm

Thankfully the only inconvenience we had was that we had no lights or water....but the furkids had bottled water and plenty of food, so it wasn't a problem.

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-1999
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 2:41pm
Oye, disaster plan, not really and I live in San Diego where it's earthquake country and fire season is upon us .. but I do have a first aid kit for Taylor.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-1999
Fri, 09-09-2011 - 8:54am
Need to amend my reply: Need to put together a disaster kit!! Just spent the last 12 hrs without power and although I had candles .. it would be best to have battery operated candles. I ended up using halloween battery candles (glad I didn't have room to pack these last year!). Read a few magazines by flashlight, but the worst was not having a radio and therefore - no news. MUST buy a battery op radio this weekend - for sure. Power has been restored here .. but the report is that it's 'fragile'. So could break down again, gawd I hope not.