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06-20-2014 08:55 AM
ILGHAUS I have been asked that question and have several times left someone with a strange look on their face when I tell them some of the items and plans that I have. That is until I explain that one of my "jobs" is that I am on my county Animal Support Team (under FL State / FEMA) and the county Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelter Coordinator.

So yes, I am pretty well prepared with an emergency evacuation plan for the whole family and our animals. Do I ever feel 100% prepared? No. Different circumstances can equal different problems including some that no one imagines.

Hasn't been updated yet this year but may be of some help to someone putting together a plan ...
Emergency Plans for Your Pet(s) | Animal Services 2000
06-19-2014 05:07 PM
middleofnowhere Living on a hill top, what I'd need to evacuate for would be a wildfire. It's a concern because there is one main road up this canyon - no outlet. Here, we're on private roads - if the one going to my house is blocked, egress depends upon where it is blocked. One fine fellow gated and locked his section of the road, another road is very very poorly maintained.
The house itself is in a pretty good situation as it has lawn on three sides and a gravel arena on the other + I'm cutting and limbing up the juniper on the rest of the property. Got some done this spring; more next fall or next spring. I also have a pond and a well for water so long as the power lasts.

If a flood takes out the main road -- well, we're stuck up here or else they build a way around it.

When I lived in tornado country, I had a relatively safe area in the house & a small stash of food and water there. No evacuation plan.
06-19-2014 02:11 PM
kiya Living on Long Island there truly is no way to evacuate off this island unless you have a boat. I always make sure I have at least 1 unopened bag of food, some bottled water.
06-19-2014 02:05 PM
llombardo I see lots of people thinking along the lines of hurricanes, tornadoes, etc and it might not affect them, but what about a fire? Last night in the middle of the night lightning struck a house not far from me, everyone got out safely. What about something like a fire, when there is no warning? Fires can happen anywhere at any time.
06-19-2014 11:21 AM
wyoung2153 We have had the hurricane scare quite a few times, most kept us in our house bunkering down.. but there were a couple that we prepared for evacuation. I luck out in that I only have Titan and a boyfriend to worry about

We generally have fair warning and time to make plans. I have a metal fold up crate, but I really want to get an easier clothe pop up one for these kinds of things. I have plenty of water, gallons and bottles, fold up portable feed dishes and his food is already in a large storage container. I have all his important documents and things in a box next to his food. I need to actually get an emergency box with extras of everything but I haven't done that yet.

We tend to need to evacuate north and have lucked out in finding hotels that are pet friendly and even friends up in the areas we can go. If all else fails.. the military has plenty of space somewhere for us and Titan.
06-19-2014 10:51 AM
LaRen616 I voted no as well.

The walls of my house have a double layer of concrete and underneath my laminate floors is also concrete and I have no basement.

If there were a tornado, I would have to gather all 6 of my animals and put them in the bathroom. If there were a fire, I could get the dogs out easily, the cats would be a problem. My cats would tear me apart if I touched them while they are freaked out and at least 2 of them would hide. I often think about what would happen if there were a fire. I do not have any cat crates, only very large dog crates. If there were a fire and the cats were able to get out, chances are they would take off running and I wouldn't be able to find them.
06-19-2014 10:04 AM
shepherdmom I said no because I can't think of a reason I would need to evacuate. We don't get bad storms, we are not surrounded by things that would burn just low scrub, we are not in a flood area.
06-19-2014 12:07 AM
AngelaA6 No, not yet but I've been making a list of things I'd need for a 7 day emergency readiness kit. My old job required us to make one for work but I ended up leaving before it was finished. I just need to buy a big storage containers that you can fill up and then just grab and throw in the car and go. One for each person for 7 days (even if you don't think you won't use all of it). In our safety meeting they said either buy packaged food (like tuna in a tear package) or something with a pull tab can because everyone forgets the can opener haha XD
06-18-2014 11:42 PM
DutchKarin I once had to evacuate from a wildfire. Kind of hard to think when the winds are 35 miles and hour and heading your way, sirens screaming, and you are trying to collect 3 dogs and 3 cats. I ended up getting everyone but one cat and got out of there. After that my husband asked if I got some cloths, underware and the laptops... nope... dog food and cat litter? nope.... I felt stupid... so now I have not so much a plan but a list.
06-18-2014 11:29 PM
Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
Practice. Pretend there is an alarm and see how long it takes you. The cats are tough, they scatter. Dogs are easier. I like the training a behavior when the fire alarm goes

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I agree.
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