Monday, September 8, 2014

Are You Ready for Emergencies?

We have a very important reminder today and that is to remind you to plan for emergencies.  Mommy and Daddy have been talking about an emergency plan but so far they've just planned to have a plan.  Even though we don't have bad storms or tornadoes in our area, there is a remote chance of an earthquake and as we discovered Friday, there's always a chance for wildfires...
Photo by Andy Cripe - Corvallis Gazette Times
That fire began at 8:30 Friday night a half mile away from our house.  Mommy found out about it when she happened to check Facebook one minute after our local paper posted news on it.  She looked out the upstairs window and sure enough, she saw flames and a huge red glow.  The fire looked really close so she started pacing the house and planning for an evacuation.  If we did have to leave our home, one of Mommy's friends offered shelter for all of us at her house which we were very grateful for.  The question came what would they take.  The ASPCA has helpful information on being prepared for disasters which you can see by clicking here.  Yesterday Mommy started stockpiling stuff for us with a purchase of a small litter box and canned foods stored near our PTU's.  She'll get the rest of the stuff and also order a small bag of the litter we like too (we're picky)...
They are closer to being prepared but still have a ways to go.  They'll figure out for sure what needs to be grabbed in a hurry, where it's at and who is responsible for grabbing it.  As for us, Isabella is pretty easy to find since she's usually where they are.  By midnight Friday, she was ready for bed...
I hide in several different places so if the fire department knocked on our door, I'd be hidden in .023 seconds.  I'll come out for the opening of a can of stinky goodness so that's part of the plan - if I'm hiding, Mommy is in charge of finding me by opening a can of foods.  Anyway, the point is to have a plan of action if something were to happen causing you to have to leave your home whether it's immediately, in five minutes or fifteen - be prepared!  The day after the fire near us, the photo below shows how close the fire came to homes and apartments.  The fire department did a fabulous job of putting the fire out and saving every structure...
Photo by Andy Cripe - Corvallis Gazette Times
This has opened our eyes that emergencies can happen at any time for any reason and we need to be prepared.  It could be a natural disaster or something exploding or burning at a neighbor's house which threatens your house.  Please do check out the ASPCA's information to make sure you know what you need to be ready!

Do you already have an emergency plan?  Any tips you want to share?

Hope you have a safe day!
Angel and Isabella

21 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

That was WAY too close for comfort! We live in major fire AND earthquake zones, and my human is - well, I would not say she is totally unprepared, but she would probably rush out of the house with her laptop and camera, us kitties and only the most meager necessities! She has some planning to do!

Duni said...

How terrifying!! What caused the fire? I'm so glad you are all safe and that you have an emergency plan. ((hugs))

Memories for Life said...

Very scary! So glad you are all safe! We don't have much of a plan either. Our biggest threat is tornadoes, which just requires going to the basement. I would have no idea what to grab if we had a fire, other than Harley!

The Florida Furkids said...

It's important to have a plan. Mom and Dad have a plan for us in case of hurry canes....at least there's a bit more time to plan for evacuation for them. Fires are super scary.

The Florida Furkids

Lin said...

Oh wow...that is really scary. Thanks for the reminder to get my stuff in order.

We have our cat carriers in the garage, ready to go, but I think we need a better, more specific plan--for ALL of us.

Good post today.

Marg said...

That is a great idea to be all ready for emergencies. I have no idea what I would do with all these cats. Anyway, it sounds like you have a great plan including opening a can to get Isabella out from under the bed.

Fuzzy Tales said...

OMC, that was hugely scary! We're glad you didn't have to evacuate and that your humans have a plan. Our human has a little push cart in the garage full of stuff for us and for her, but she'd be evacuating on foot if we had to go. She tries not to think about it too much, because she knows we'd be up a creek, so to speak. :-/

Grace said...

I've thought of this often but haven't done anything - the carriers are in our storage unit down the hall and we have no emergency litter boxes/litter. There are 'travel' litter boxes you can buy - they are sealed with litter already inside them - we have used them when traveling with the kitties by car.

AntiquityTravelers said...

WOW! that was crazy close to the houses! so glad you guys are ok, and didn't need to evacuate!

Sandee said...

Yes, we have emergency plans and a bug-out bag. We've had these plans in place for years. It's essential.

I'm glad things worked out for you just fine. And the babies too.

Have a fabulous day. Tons of scritches to the babies. :)

Alice Marie said...

OMC! We're glad you're OK! Mum says that's exactly why she moved from Ideeho (part of the subdivision actually burned). An evacuation plan is very, very important when you live in wildfire areas...so get your Mum and Dad in gear! A practice run is a good idea too.....

Kitties Blue said...

OMC, we are so relieved that you are all safe. That can be so super scary. Fire is the one thing of which our mom is most afraid. Emergency plan...nope! Our humans are such slackers. They so know they need to do this, especially with eight of us. Thank you for the reminder. We are going to meow at our humans about this and stay on their butts until they get it done. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Whoa, that was very close - you and your parents must have been very scared. Thanks for all the tips and the advice to be prepared. We are sort of prepared for tornadoes but we probably need more plans for evacuation.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

da tabbies o trout towne said...

hay ewe gals....we iz veree happee yur familee iz safe... 1/2 mile iz WAAAAY to close .... N paws up two de fire dept....♥♥ for savin everee thing .....heerz hopin ya never haz ta put de emergencee plan ta werk ♥

Katnip Lounge said...

We have absolutely NO plan at all. Mommy says she's gonna rectify that ASAP.

We are SO happy you all are OK! Hurrah for your Fire Department!

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

We know exactly how you feel! We weren't close to a fire, but our very dear friends over at www.seabasscat.com were IN one - they lost EVERYthing a few years back. That made our mom sit up and create an emergency kit she could grab - one for the humans and one for us three. It now sits inside the closet right by the front door. She's thinking it might not be a bad idea to have something stashed in the car, too. Someday, that is!
The biggest thing she needs to remember is to change out food every 6 months or so, to retain freshness. Since tornadoes are such a big deal up here, we also have an uber large pop-up portable dog kennel (it literally folds up into a 12-inch round disc!) and we keep it in our basement. In case of tornado drills, mommy teases us with wand toys, herds us into that and ZIPS us up!

Ann Thompson said...

that would have been very scary and I'm sure glad it didn't get to the point where you had to evacuate. You're doing good at preparing for any future emergencies

The Island Cats said...

Wow, that was too close! The mom doesn't have a plan, though she did make a point of making sure she has enough PTUs for all of us. She really needs to get it together and get a plan for us.

We're SO glad you all are safe.

Reeni Pisano said...

How terrible and scary! I'm glad you're all safe! We don't have a plan for evacuating - now we'll get one! Sending extra hugs and kisses! xoxoxo

DancingMooney ♥ said...

So glad they got that fire out quickly, we could smell the quick smoke from here! And it is a real reminder, that we need to have a plan! Sadly, if Posey got scared, it would be really hard to get her out from under the bed. We probably should have large leather gloves on hand so we could just grab her, claws and all...

Glad you and yours are safe and well! xoxo

pasqueflower said...

So glad you are safe! Great tips on being prepared for a pet evacuation, should the need arise.