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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: What's Your Disaster Preparedness Plan?

    Fabulous photo of me by John Clark of Clark Creative

The tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma last week is just one reminder that disaster can strike most anywhere and anytime, and with very little warning- Monroe residents had about a 15 minute official warning time. Although we all like to believe that it won't happen in our neck of the woods, why take that chance? A little preparation can go a long way to not only giving your family peace of mind, but actually saving your lives-and that includes the lives of our four-legged family members.

Although we've written about disaster preparedness before, both humans and their canine counterparts learn from each new experience with disaster, and these tips from Cesar's Way explain some of the latest thinking on the issue. Plus, the article includes lots of links to related topics that we found extremely helpful. There's a big difference between having a vague idea what you'll do if disaster strikes and actually having a written plan, all supplies ready to go, and practicing that plan with all of your family members-including your dog!

If you'd like to donate to the disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, the Red Cross is currently accepting various donations. And you can also donate directly to pet relief efforts in Oklahoma at the ASPCA's blog.

We'll leave you with this amazing video of one woman's dog being pulled from the rubble, just as she was being interviewed by CBS. Leave it to a feisty schnauzer to emerge apparently unscathed from this  nightmarish scene.


Sharon said...

Great article and video. One thing that helps as well, would be a collar with your phone number embroidered on it, like I found on www.cloescollars.com

Two French Bulldogs said...

We always must be prepared since we live in earthquake land
Benny & Lily

kris_ said...

I agree that it's important to prepare ourselves and our pets for calamities. They are our responsibility after all because they are part of our family. I always ensure my pet at apartments in campbell, ca are well prepared for natural calamities as I always keep dog food in our shelter along with human food.

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