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Disaster Preparedness (or, it’s cold out there!)


Kentucky ice storm 2009

Kentucky ice storm 2009

Maybe you’re tired of hearing me talk about the weather.  Frankly, I’m tired of the weather!  It’s snowing here again today.  It’s been snowing here since Monday with just a short break yesterday so I could get out and pay my bills — you know, so they wouldn’t cut my heat off or anything dire.  So much for living in the south.  There’s several inches of snow on the ground and I’m having to defrost my dogs everytime they go out and come back indoors.




Actually, the dogs are mostly loving the snow.  Pearl and Blue keep going out and chasing each other around.  Beau goes out to keep an eye on them.  Even Billie and Taylor, the old man, venture out to run and bark a little.  (Then Taylor trots back inside to get warm next to me.)  Me?  No way.  I don’t do snow.  To be honest, I don’t do winter.  I’m just waiting for spring.


It could be a lot worse.  Nobody has lost power around here and we only have powdery snow, not wicked ice.  Up in Kentucky they’ve been in real trouble with ice storms and power outages.  But I saw this nice story today about someone who is helping people with animals:


Kentucky Pet Store Harbors Dogs in Ice Storm

Store takes in small dogs, cats, and other pets for owners affected by power outages.

Posted: February 3, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

E’town Pet Center, a pet-supply store located in Elizabethtown, Ky., is providing free boarding for pets after a deadly ice storm ravaged the state last week, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of households.

E’town Pet Center owner Caterina Finley said the store is taking in small animals, reptiles, birds, and fish for pet owners without power. Limited space is available for small dogs and cats. Finley said the store will continue to accept animals until it runs out of space or power is restored to everyone.

“We’re here for the customers and their pets and will do anything in our power to satisfy their needs,” she said.

The ice storm, which began in the Midwest, hit Kentucky on Jan. 27. The heavy ice caused tree branches to snap and downed power lines. As of Feb. 2, more than a quarter of a million Kentucky residents were still without power, according to reports.



It makes you wonder how prepared any of us are for bad weather and emergencies.  Some people have generators and can ride things out when the power goes out for a few days.  But most people don’t have generators.  They would have to depend on other heating sources like woodburning stoves, fireplaces, kerosene heaters and the like to keep their homes warm during emergencies.  You also need to make sure you have a supply of clean drinking water, whether it’s water you fill in your bathtub or bottled water.  Don’t forget water for your pets.  You should have canned food on hand for yourself and your pets for several days.  (Don’t forget a non-electric can opener.  Your electricity may be out.)  I know I usually don’t have that much food stored in my cabinets so it takes some thought and planning to stock up ahead of time for emergencies.


If you have a deep freezer you can make sure you have food stored for emergencies, too.  Hey, your power will be out so you have to get that food eaten before it spoils.


The ASPCA and the AKC both have good pages about disaster preparation and tips on what to do if you must evacuate with your pets.  It’s a good idea to read this information when you don’t need it so you can be prepared if you ever do need it.


February 4, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , ,

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