To every turn

There is a sea­son

And a time to every pur­pose

A time to build up

A time to break down

A time to dance

A Time to mourn

A time to cast away sto­ries

A time to gath­er sto­ries togeth­er

                                                                         Pete Seeger To Every­thing There is a Sea­son

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Hur­ri­cane Ready

My sto­ry today is about being ready for a hur­ri­cane. As many of you know, I was in Red Paw fos­ter care for a cou­ple of months after being res­cued from a home fire. In Jan­u­ary 2016 I was intro­duced to my for­ev­er home. That was just about the same time as the New Jer­sey shore was hit with a dev­as­tat­ing bliz­zard and flood­ing.  While I was get­ting com­fy in my new digs, Red Paw vol­un­teers rolled into action trans­port­ing food and sup­plies to coastal towns. Dis­as­ters can hit with­out notice, any­time, and any­place. New Jer­sey res­i­dence com­pared the dev­as­tat­ing win­ter storm to Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

On the Atlantic Sea Coast hur­ri­cane sea­son typ­i­cal­ly runs from June 1 to Novem­ber 30. A hur­ri­cane can cause exten­sive dam­age due to sus­tained winds that rotate in a cir­cle. Hur­ri­canes have a life cycle. Some hur­ri­canes may form and dis­si­pate with­in 24 hours, while oth­ers may move, vary in inten­si­ty, impact mul­ti­ple loca­tions, and like our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion with Hur­ri­cane Her­mine, high winds, and tur­bu­lent tides will play hav­oc along the east­ern sea coast for  weeks.

Be Prepared = Practice

In my house­hold we make a game of prac­tic­ing our evac­u­a­tion plans.  We have two game plans:

1)  5 minute = grab leash/carrier and Fam­i­ly Emer­gency Go Kit. Leave.

2) 45 minute evac­u­a­tion = secure the house and dou­ble check Go Kit con­tents. Leave

Are your pets com­fort­able get­ting in and out of a vehi­cle?

As part of your prac­tice plan take your animal(s)  for short rides in the car to famil­iar­ize them with sounds and move­ment of the vehi­cle. And by all means, make the evac­u­a­tion game a pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence.

Ready – Set – Let’s Go.

You can nev­er be too ready for a hur­ri­cane or any oth­er dis­as­ter.  I encour­age every­one to prac­tice your emer­gency pre­pared­ness plan month­ly.

For more infor­ma­tion go to Pet Pre­pared­ness at the Red Paw  Emer­gency Relief Team web­site

Additional Resource Links:

Femma’s guide­lines for cre­at­ing an Emer­gency Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Plan

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1440449346150–1ff18127345615d8b7e1effb4752b668/Family_Comm_Plan_508_20150820.pdf   

Amer­i­can Red Cross      http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane

Nation­al Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice    http://www.weather.gov/

Shel­ter in Place                      http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340182_shelterinplace.pdf

 

IN A DISASTER NEVER LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND

My name MooMooX­ieX­ie means thank you and is a reminder of how very grate­ful I am to all the peo­ple who helped save my life.

Chinese characters ( xiexie / xièxie ) with pronunciation (English translation: thank you )