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
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
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane
National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
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.