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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-30-2007, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Disaster Prep for your Hav

September is Disaster Preparedness Month. Locally, the Bay Area just had Disaster Preparedness Day last week and a radio program prompted me to want to post this here.

No one likes to think about the what ifs that come with unexpected emergencies. Many of us have to think of disaster preparation due to living in earthquake country, tornado areas or flood zones, but there can be other things that catch you unexpected, too. During the Katrina disaster, we saw a lot of pets suffer for various reasons.

In preparing for emergencies for your family, don't forget your Hav(s). The AKC has several articles of information available to you here. They recommend:
1. Are You Prepared? - Creating an evacuation plan that accounts for your dog

2. Keeping a portable pet disaster kit stocked with food, water, vaccination records, AKC Registration papers and medicines

3. Permanently identify your pet through microchipping or tattoo and enrolling him in a 24 hr recovery service
For those of you with a microchip in your dog, you may want to make sure your veterinarian and one other relative (who does not live with you) has that information on file so you can access it if you cannot get to your own records in an emergency.

FEMA also has some tips for what to do for your pet in the event of a disaster. Click here.

If anyone would like to add their own tips here, please feel free.
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Wow, thanks for reminding us, Kimberly. Those AKC evacuation tips are really good. I've never thought about what to do in such an emergency other than to grab my dog. We have an earthquake preparation kit for us, so I'll add to it things Maddie would need. Thanks again!

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You're welcome Jeanne. Anything to help Maddie and the others represented here.

Oh, one other thing I forgot that everyone should consider keeping on hand is a "Lost Dog" flyer with identifying info about their dog. I'll post that in another topic.
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This is great information. Thank you!

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puppy licking your face. ~Bernard Williams
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Our county sent flyers "Are You Prepared?" in case we have a hurricane. I live in an area where we could be evacuated in an F3-4. They say if we get hit with an F4, myt house would be flooded, and I live a 1/2 hour from the beach. They listed emergency kits to have for you and you pets. My daughter says she already has two plastic bins in her closet ready to go - one for her and one for the dogs.

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Last night, I joined a new obedience training club and at their member's meeting they have a guest speaker each month. This was on disaster awareness! I just thought about this post and how really unprepared I am. This weekend, I am going shopping. She goes around the country helping humane societies be prepared. So we were able to learn about our local plans as well.

Here, if anything happens, I know that our humane society sets up next to the red cross in a disaster. My humane society sells dog kits that will keep your dog full loaded (water, food, it has toys, first aid, etc. and it lasts 8 years) right at their store.

It did remind me I am now in an area that has earthquakes. You kind of forget things like that happen here. I am going to take some time to get prepared this weekend.

She said the problem with pets in New Orleans is they like the human counter parts plans were so unprepared. There was no plan in place and she reminded us if you love your pets, NEVER leave them behind if you can't help it. Don't listen to any rules in place and take them with you. If it is a disaster, the best thing you can use is a cotton pillow case, put them in and tie it and drag them- didn't ever thing about that!


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That is why I always have an ID tag on Oliver.
I guess I'm lucky it doesn't get caught on anything or mat his hair.
PS-I have 2 phone numbers on it.....mine and an out of area relative just in case.

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Amanda, is it just your humane society or all chapters sell dog kits?

Sally, it is great that Oliver doesn't mat and his collar hasn't got caught in anything. It is what I am afraid of with Benji. I have often thought of being hit by an earthquake while I am at work and Benji home. I literally pray that if it were to happen, God forbid, I would be home with him.

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