Friday, September 3, 2010

Be Prepared!

With all of the hurricanes coming ashore this season, Moms wanted us to post something from her. She wrote this, back when Katrina hit in 2005 on her blog. The info is still FURRY useful today. Something to think about.

It's really more than just a boy scout motto, you know. We weathered Katrina pretty well in Shelbyville. Thankfully, Katrina wasn't all she was cracked up to be, by the time she got to my house. I'm very thankful for that. All of this has really made me aware that I need some kind of disaster plan for my pets. It really hit home last night, when Casey and I were trying to figure out what to do with the little outside dog next door. We were trying to find a place to put him, where he would be safe from the elements and flying debris. Luckily it didn't get that bad, but it did make me more than uncomfortably aware that I need to formulate a plan. What would happen if something happened to my house while I was at work? Who would get my dogs, cats, and reptiles out? Where would they go, until I could get to them? Where would I go afterwards? Who would catch them if a tree fell into the house, and they were running loose in the neighborhood? The American Humane Association has an online tutorial to help you formulate your own disaster preparedness program. For more information and to design your own plan, click HERE. You can order a "Be Prepared" kit and check card, along with a wallet pet emergency card by clicking HERE.

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Also if you love animals, and would like to help shelter or rescue during disasters, you can receive training and be a part of The American Humane Red Star Emergency Services. They are holding volunteer training sessions across the U.S. right now. Click HERE to find information on a training session near you, or to find out when the next one is scheduled.

I was lucky this time. There are many who were not so lucky. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by Katrina. Next time, I will be better prepared. Everyone have a safe and happy day!


  1. As we brace for a tropical storm (remnants of Hurricane Earl) - we will take your pawsome information to heart! Thanks so much for posting it!

    (((hugs)) and stay safe
    from your friends, Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

  2. That's good advice. We're lucky that we don't have hurricanes right where we live.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  3. Good information from the momma. We will pass it along
    Benny & Lily

  4. Thanks so much for posting so much great info. While we don't get hurricanes, we do ... get earthquakes with no warning, so there are several groups here focused on helping stranded pets in the event of one. I learned how to make a cool info pack to carry in the glove box of the car - soon I think I'll post about it. Sorry we haven't been around lately... it seems to have been a sillybusy summer!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie and family

  5. Excellent post! I worry about my boys a lot too. Right now I'm home with them all the time so I don't have to worry but when I worked, I often thought about if the house caught on fire and wanting to make sure my little ones were taken care of.

  6. Thanks fur sharing this pawesome post of advice!


  7. this is good stuffs! my mama especially likes this post cuz boy howdy, is she the queen of being prepared.
    the booker man

  8. No hurricanes here (thankfully) but sure is nice to know what to do in those situations!
    Thanks for all the info!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  9. Thanks for posting such a great post. It's very helpful to remember all the stuff you have shared. I don't want any hurricane type of thing around me, god bless to all.

  10. Good stuff here! Thanks for reminding us all - especially since we live in SC! Have a safe and happy weekend!
    The Road Dogs

  11. We are glad we only have the dreary English weather to contend with, although sometimes it does get nasty.
    Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

  12. Very timely reminders, though I sure hope we don't EVER have another Katrina!