Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting ready for Hurricane Irene

This was Buttercup during last year`s Hurricane Earl

I was seriously freaked out by Hurricane Katrina - I think a lot of people were who watched it happen from far away.

Watching what happened with people's pets - and the fact that people couldn't take their pets with them when they evacuated, and the horror of the effects of that on the animals - I don't have to let us all relive what happened.

Back in 2005 I wrote a long post about emergency preparedness and pets because of watching what went on in New Orleans - being prepared is being forewarned - so you should check out the post I wrote back then if you're interested in that sort of thing because we're supposed to get a pretty bad storm this coming weekend.

The NS SPCA put out a press release today that I'll post below.

Reading posts that I wrote while Katrina was going on - I hope that disasters like that never happen again. There's no reason why we should. It would be unacceptable as far as I'm concerned.

Here is the SPCA`s press release -



SPCA asking pet caregivers to take precautions and prepare for Hurricane Irene

Nova Scotia (August 26, 2011) – With Nova Scotia likely to feel some of the effects of Hurricane Irene, the Nova Scotia SPCA is alerting pet caregivers to take appropriate precautions. During a storm, it is important to bring pets indoors and to try to keep them calm. Some simple precautions and preparations include:

1. Ensuring vaccinations are up-to-date and that records are handy

2. Keeping a collar with license and identification on your pet

3. Preparing a special kit for your pet that includes a leash, carrying case, food, water, bowls, toys, medications and any special instructions for the care of your pet

4. Put a sign on your door that indicates how many pets live at your residence in the event that you must leave your home

For more information consult the SPCA, Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia, or the Emergency Management Office (EMO).

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