Wow! What a crazy night! All day we had storms across our area. Really nasty ones with lotsa wind and stuff. Last night my beans had gotten all ready for bed and were settling in to watch Reaper when they heard the weather sirens outside going off!
Then our weather alert radio went off! Next thing I know, I'm being shoved in my PTU and run to the basement. The beans turned the TV on and sure enough, a nasty tornado type storm was headed our way. Luckily it turned left and went up toward Oxford and no one was hurt. We are unsure of damages tho. Our immediate area is fine tho.
Here is me in our "safe area" (still stuffed bit from the sewer water incident). This brings me to an important Public Service Announcement. One I've actually done before.
See the plastic bin I'm on? Well, that is my emergency evacuation kit. All cats, woofies, buns, birds, beans etc should be sure to have an emergency evacuation kit.
Here are photos of some things in my kit.
Emergency supply kits for cats should include:
1. A three-day supply of food and drinking water, as well as bowls
- I have special food because of my FIV & IBS. Mommy has this food in my kit and will rotate it with fresh bags/cans periodically so they don't expire. I also used these bowls when I was first brought home (I didn't come downstairs often
so mommy put bowls upstairs and downstairs for me - the point is they smell like my stuff already.)
2. Current photos and physical descriptions (not a problem with my mommy)
3. Cats should wear a collar and ID tag (I'm ID collared AND microchipped!)
4. Medications, vaccination records, license and first aid supplies (my evacuation kit is in with my emergency first aid kit)
5. Sturdy carrier to transport cats safely as well as blankets or towels for bedding and warmth (My carrier stays in the basement.
6. Carriers should be large enough to comfortably house your cat for several days and to allow for separate areas for elimination (litter in a small litter box) and feeding (We don't have this, but we do have a smaller litterbox, a small bag of my litter and liners to take wherever we go - both our families live close so hopefully I wouldn't be in a carrier long)
7. Mommy made sure to put in catnip! I think I'd need that in case of emergency.
8. Toys, she put extras of my favorite toys in the box so I'd have something familiar with
9. A blanket that smells like home. I love my Purdue blanket so it can't get packed away. Mommy bought a blanket of the same fabric and after I lay on it for a while, she'll put that in the bin.
10. Stress can cause us kitties to get upset tummies. Mommy also included the hairball goopy stuff for me! I do love my Laxitone, yum yum.
11. Cat litter (I use Feline Pine) and a container to be used as a litter box (Mommy bought a small uncovered one to fit in the bin, but isn't sure I'll use it if I ever have to...
12. An extra pair of nail clippers,blood stopper and soft paws (In case we can't get back to our house, it will keep her from having to buy all new things - remember, I'm a scratcher and I'm good at getting soft paws off and if we're staying with someone...)
13. My Science Diet TD treats. They are good for my teeths and tasty too.
The Humane Society of the US also gives tips on evacuating with dogs, birds, reptiles and other animals. Be sure to read up on this! Also, we didn't realize how many types of emergencies there are, for example, "Shelter In Place." Visit the Red Cross to see what disasters can hit your area so you're ready.
Let's not forget Peace today. Everyone take just one minute and send a peaceful thought into the universe. It will connect with other peaceful thoughts and maybe, will catch on all around the world and we'll all have peace.