The summer of 2002 already seems to be a summer of wildfires in Colorado and across much of the Western USA. People and their homes are being threatened, along with their animals. While many of us are safe from forest fires, that doesn't make us immune to other disasters. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, a fire in our home, the gas line explosion down the street... anyone could be forced to leave their home in a hurry due to an emergency situation.
Everyone needs to have a plan for emergencies. Do you have one? Does it include your cats and their needs?
Some things to think about:
Any evacuation plan should have at least a couple scenarios: what if you have to leave immediately and what if you had an hour or more notice.
What do you need to take with you (besides the cats, of course!)?
Basics Things to Take With you When You Evacuate:
Other things that come in handy are:
If you live in an area where evacuations are common during a certain season, keeping a supply of food and litter just for emergencies is a good idea.
Sardines in a Can?
Storing Your Supplies
Is everything you plan to take easily accessible? The last thing you'd want to be doing in an emergency is to be racing from room to room trying to collect everything. Keep your supplies, carriers, phone numbers and anything else you need together in a convenient spot. Possible places would be beside the door to your garage, a closet near the door you will be leaving through, or the garage itself. If you are on evacuation alert, you should also try to keep all the animals in a room (or a few rooms) where it will be easy to catch them.
The Two-Footed Needs
One last thing to think about While making your plans for your furry family, don't forget your human family. Take the following items with you if possible:
Once you have your plan in place, it's time to try it out. Go through the entire plan as if you had to evacuate. Yes, load up all the animals, all the supplies, and head off to the emergency shelter. Okay, you can just drive to the park!
Once you arrive, park the
car and spend some time thinking (talking, if your family is with you) about
what you'd do if you couldn't go back to your house. With that in mind, go
through your supplies and ask if everything you need is there. What did you
forget? What don't you need that is taking up valuable space? Go home, unpack
and refine the plan while giving thanks that this time it wasn't needed.
© 2002 lisa s vasa
(Please note that you will see a number of photos of our cats and kittens that I've taken outside in a natural setting. The LostWoods cats do NOT go outside unsupervised! When we do go outside for pictures and occasional adventures, there is always one person and usually two watching them closely. We do have an outside, fully enclosed run to which the older cats are allowed access, but even then we check on them often.)
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