Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy, Sandy, Go Away!!

I don't like rain...at all, so thankfully we aren't any where near the hurricane!! Sadly though, there are over 60 million people (and pets) across the Eastern coast that might be affected by Sandy's nasty temper! Boo!!

Freckles the Dog Evacuation
Via Fidose of Reality

I know it's too late for most of the coast, but I wanted to pass along a load of information for all of you (especially your Moms and Dads) that might be affected now or possibly in the future with another storm!

First of all, Sandy specific information:

(Image Credit: Kathy Kmonicek/AP Photo)

  • Thanks to George The Duck, I've found out that there is a Sandy Roll Call (#SandyRollCall) spreadsheet available for all animals who is affected by the hurricane, so you can check in and be checked on! Along with a Sandy Anipal Information Facebook page!
  • As he has amazing information, please start with George The Duck for all Sandy Hurricane information...then check out other places!
  • According to the Mayor's Alliance For NYC Animals: Under New York City Law, (1) During times of evacuation, a cab driver may not turn down a fare who is bringing a pet along. (2) An evacuation center must accept any pet as long as he/she is accompanied by a human and either leashed or in a carrier.
  • A Sandy Lost and Found Pet's page has already been established on Facebook, to help reunite pet parents and their animals! 
  • NYC's hurricane evacuation shelters have to accept pets as long as they are accompanied by a human and have a leash/carrier!! New York area animal care and control facility information can be found here!

Freckles the Dog Disaster Preparedness

No matter where you live, you should always have a disaster preparedness plan in place! Since I live in California, the land of crazy earthquakes, Domeek, my brothers, and I all have an earthquake plan in place! We know what to do, where to go, and what to take with us! Even if you don't live anywhere near earthquakes or hurricanes, it's definitely smart to have a plan in place; have you heard of tornadoes, volcanoes, tsunamis, mud slides, blizzards...omd, Mother Earth certainly has a lot of issues to deal with!

I suggest taking a look at the Humane Society of the United State, the ASPCA, PetFinder, and, of course, FEMA's own disaster preparedness plans for lots of incredibly helpful information!

Freckles the Dog First Aid

I also suggest putting together a pet (and human) first aid kit, just in case something happens in the hustle and bustle of an evacuation or shut-in!

PetWave and the American Red Cross both have great compilations of everything that you might need, if you choose to build your own kit! These items include: a crate/carrier, thermometer, Vaseline, hydrogen peroxide, karo syrup, medical bandages/gauze, small flash light, hot/cold pack, emergency heat blanket, tweezers, saline solution, and a card with your vet's phone number, address, and directions. These are just the basics, so you might want to add or take away certain items for your pet specifically (especially their food, some toys, and an item from your wardrobe)!

If you don't want to make your own kit 21st Century, AKC, and QuakeKare all have great, per-packaged kits available to purchase! I still suggest adding your own personal items as well!

It also might be helpful if you took a Pet CPR class, that way you could be able to assist not only your own pets but also others if needed?!

Freckles the Dog Disaster

It's very important to plan ahead of time and know exactly where you can take your pet in the event of an emergency or evacuation! Do you have a relative or friend that lives near, but out of the evacuation zone? How about a hotel or motel that you can count on? The ASPCA has a list of animal-friendly accommodations that you can take a look at, if you don't have one or two available! What about a vet or a shelter that has agreed to take animals in during disaster times? These are all very important things to know before a disaster hits!

Freckles the Dog

I know that we don't want to think about what might happen in the event of an emergency, but in order to be a good pet parent or doggie brother/sister these are the things that we need to plan on! Everyone will be happier and safer if there is a plan to speed the process up, ensure our friends' well-beings, and live a long life!

Ok, Professor Goose's lecture is over for today!! ;-D

Sending lots of paw-sitive thoughts out to all my doggie and kittie friends who are in the middle of Sandy's mess!! Stay safe everyone!

20 comments:

  1. I hope all the petties are being looked after!

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  2. We've been impressed about all the warnings and messages from our friends on facebook about places and facilities for pets during Sandy.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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    1. I've been too, especially Facebook! Social networking is very handy!

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  3. All very good advise Goose. We have a plan but MOM says it could be better or more complete. We will work on it.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  4. Ohhhhhhh, Thanks Professor, that is some very good information. As for us, yeap, Mom & Dad have plans for us in case of and Okie Twister shows up. Will go to some of the site listed and check on pet safety supplies.

    PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU ARE DOING
    Your Good Furiends
    Susie & Bites

    Pees; is it ok to copy this post and have us pass it along also, with the MAJOR CREDIT TO YOU, just leave a comment on our posts if OK!

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    1. Aw, thanks guys! Ooooo, twisters scare the beejeezes out of me! You are very braze to deal with them!

      I've left a comment on your last post, but just in case, you are more than welcome to share this information! The more people that know, the better!!

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  5. Very good Professor Goose!! Well said, and yes, my Ma needs help in this! Yes, earthquake country, butts Ma doesn't have all of my Meds and stuffs in a bag ready to go.....WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WOMAN?? Gotta get her on it!!
    Thanks bunches!

    Kisses,
    Ruby

    pees: WEDNESDAY.....GIANTS PARADE!!!! Ma can't make it, butts she will be watchin' on TV!!

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    1. Hehe, well you keep on her Ruby, she'll eventually listen! ;-)

      Heck yeahs, we'll be watching it on tv too...but it's going to be awesome!!

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  6. Great list! Being a FL dog, I'm a pro at being ready for a hurricane!
    Nola

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    1. Good for you guys Nola! Better to be prepared, huh?! :-D

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  7. Dear Goose,

    I do not like rain much either, and I too am very glad we don't live near that Frankenstorm... Our thoughts go out to all the Dogs (okay, and all the people too) (okay, yes, and all the Cats) who live where the storm is. I hope they all stay safe.

    Licks,
    Cobi

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    1. Me too Cobi, that storm looked/still looks really scary and big!! I'm super glad that we aren't any where near! Phew!!

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  8. Hi Goose, This info is so important; on the west coast you might not get a hurricane but you could certainly get an earthquake; we all need to be prepared to care for our beloved pups in a natural disaster. For me, I wouldn't leave if I couldn't take mine with me-sounds silly but they wouldn't leave without us.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

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    1. Not silly at all Nora!! Domeek wouldn't leave me or my brothers, so we totally understand! :-D

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  9. Great list for all that are in it's path. We are lucky at this moment in time, that we live in the UK but we are saying prayers and emailing all our buddies to check on them. lets hope itgoes soon. xx00xx
    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. No kidding huh Mollie and Alfie!! Go away Sandy!! I'm crossing my paws too for everyone in the area!! :-D

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  10. Lots of good advice, thanks!

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  11. Great advice! 'Power of the Paw' for our blog pals in the east!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

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