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Old 04-28-2011, 07:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Are You Prepared for Emergencies?

Hurricane season begins June 1. Tornadoes have been sweeping the country for what now seems non-stop forever.

What steps have you taken to prepare your SD or SDIT for evacuation or riding out a storm at home?

Do you know where your local shelter is located?
If you are disabled do you go to a regular Mass Care Red Cross Shelter or do you go to a Special Needs Shelter?

Do you know to which shelters you are allowed to take your SD with you?

How about your SDIT or retired SD? Registered or Certified Therapy Dogs?
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a very good question. I heard that NY gets Tornadoes but nowhere near as bad as in other parts of the country and probably never in our area. However, I would not know where to go if we got flooded or anything else happened. Not yet.

I definitely have to get that kind of information and also find something for the dogs. I am definitely interested to see what others do in emergencies with their pets and where they go.
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I dont really have a plan.

The last time there was one in my area I lived in my apartment still and I sat in the bathtub with my 2 cats.

Now I am in a brick house that has double cement walls, I'll probably still sit in my bathtub but this time with 3 cats and a dog.
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Is the bathtub really the place to go? I can't believe that it is a secure place, like so many have mentioned before. Even in movies or shows they say "Sit in the bathtub"...
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Is the bathtub really the place to go? I can't believe that it is a secure place, like so many have mentioned before. Even in movies or shows they say "Sit in the bathtub"...
I'm not sure? I have always seen it in movies so I figured that's what I should do.

You are supposed to stay away from windows, my bathroom does not have a window.
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For a tornado: Unless you have a basement, a first floor bathroom is usually the safest room to be in - if it doesn't have a window. The rule is basement then first floor area without a window. Be aware that a bathroom with an very large mirror may not be the safest first choice.

And contrary to the old myth -- do not open any windows. This will not equalize pressure and keep your roof on but any openings will allow wind to enter to do more damage.

Another myth -- the Southwest corner of a home is the safest place to be. Not so according to FEMA and other emergency agencies. You want to get away and have as many walls as possible between you and an approaching tornado.

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Even in movies or shows they say "Sit in the bathtub"...
I have heard of cases where the kids or adult and pet laid down in the tub with a mattress over them and came out of the bathroom that had walls and ceiling blown down without any major scratches. I've seen pictures of houses blown apart and furniture blown all over and there is the bathtub still in place.
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So I guess we'd be effed right now. We have no basement and our bathroom has a window and a big mirror and we don't have a tub either LOL.

Another good choice with the new house we are buying. It has a basement, bathtub and the bathroom doesn't have a window.
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I have heard of cases where the kids or adult and pet laid down in the tub with a mattress over them and came out of the bathroom that had walls and ceiling blown down without any major scratches. I've seen pictures of houses blown apart and furniture blown all over and there is the bathtub still in place.
I am going to have to buy a twin mattress just so it can lay on top of me while I am in the bathtub.

I am not looking forward to having all 4 animals in there with me though.

The last time it happened, my cats clawed me to death because they thought they were going to get baths.
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We've been having these storms for the last two weeks, I'm ready for the rain and wind to end. Our property was hit last week, but luckily all we lost was part of the fence (on the neighbors actual side of the fence) our trampoline flew away and smashed to pieces and our trees are about 78% gone, can't really cut them down yet because every day I'm off its pouring.
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I am going to have to buy a twin mattress just so it can lay on top of me while I am in the bathtub.

I am not looking forward to having all 4 animals in there with me though.

The last time it happened, my cats clawed me to death because they thought they were going to get baths.
Oh man...I'd probably put them in a crate LOL!
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