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Preparing You and Your Pets For Hurricane Sandy

Domesticated 103by: Carol Bryant

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

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.

last year happened. The river rolled and the waters rose. On Thursday,
September 8, 2011, the Susquehanna River threatened to overflow her banks and
surpass the levee system designed to keep the flood waters back, a sea of
thoughts, unexpected emotions, and several doses of panic ran through my mind.
In other words, I had to get out. Here is what I did and what you need to keep
in mind in preparation before, during, and after nature’s fury wreaking havoc.

What Should Have Ready To Go?

  • 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
  • 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

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

lists everything you would need and more tips on their website. Stay safe, everyone!

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  1. Good list Carol! Those soft dog crates really come in handy for all types of pets (that won’t chew through them). I try to keep a couple of my car so they are ready.
    Stay safe!

  2. I wrote something very similar to this on my old blog, Bender Oak Gifts, for Hurricane Irene when it slammed into our area. There’s a few things on the post that you may not normally consider important when preparing for a Hurricane. Check it out here:
    Since I’ve adopted a second dog, I’ve got a new post this afternoon with some other items to consider in the event of an emergency/natural disaster. It’s so weird having two different dogs, and in the event of something bad happening, I need to consider what makes both of them comfortable.

  3. Thanks for sharing your link… preparation is key and not to panic. I know when flood waters threatened my home last year, I experienced this fear first hand. Have a plan, take the pets, and flee when they say to flee…

  4. I always thought that no sane and decent person would leave their pet behind when evacuating, but apparently, during every natural disaster, millions of people have and still do leave their animals to fend for themselves and/or perish. Frankly, there is just no excuse for this. Years ago, when we lived in Florida, my daughter and I were under a mandatory evacuation during a hurricane and since we run a rescue, we had 29 cats and 5 dogs at the time. So we packed up and went to a motel where we all stayed for 38 days. It’s not that hard to do and I’m not buying anyone’s excuses.

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