Pet Survival Kit – When Disaster Strikes

We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness. - Petra Nemcova

People unload belongings and dogs to cross a bridge to evacuate from the rising water of Buffalo Bayou following Hurricane Harvey in a neighborhood west of Houston, TexasWe’ve seen the news coverage. The destruction. The tragedy.  Feeling powerless watching others struggle to survive a natural disaster.

If you’ve seen the chilling video of this dramatic rescue below, you understand. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. It’s the most remarkable, nerve-wracking, heroic rescue I’ve ever seen.

The first one that truly devastated my soul was Hurricane Katrina.  Living in Ohio, I’m accustomed to Mother Nature throwing her little hissy fits.  And yes, we may shut down schools, and we may huddle in our houses for a while, but then we emerge like crocuses in the spring.  I’ve never worried if we were going to go hungry.  If we would freeze.  If we would die.  The footage of Katrina changed my understanding of what a true natural disaster was. How all encompassing it can be.  Life changing.  Life ending.

And unfortunately that wasn’t the last time we saw that type of footage. Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma most recently.  The wildfires in California and Tennessee.  We have a greater understanding now of the effects of these disasters. Sometimes there’s only moments to evacuate, grabbing our loved ones. Our families. We prepare for evacuation as best we can in case of emergency, but what about our four-legged friend and furry friends?

How to prepare them?

Mike Payton of Pooching Around has created a wonderful info-graphic on the subject.  In Mike’s words, “It has been made to make owners aware of what they should have packed in a bag for their dogs just in case of an emergency situation such as a terror attack or natural disaster.”

Take a look at the list of items and let us know if you agree with whats in the list and if there’s anything else you would include.

Keep calm and pilot on

Kerry Stack
Dog Training
Cleveland, Ohio


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