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Pet Care During Natural Disasters — 7 Comments

  1. Thank you Elisa for this excellent article.

    Just this year, I bought an extra halter/leash, folding carrier, litter pan, along with cat food and water that I keep in my car. These items can come in handy if I see a lost pet who needs help,or in the event of a disaster. I didn’t think about a copy of immunizations, but the most important one is rabies.

  2. Good article. Elisa. I remember seeing the Japanese multi-disaster shelters and being impressed at the many people who were hugging their animals.

  3. I remember the hurricane in England back in the 80’s when 1 out of every 3 trees in the country fell down. I dont remember talk of pets at the time although to be fair I was quite young so I wasn’t reading the paper. I also don’t think England really has protocols for much in the way of weather. I’ve had my train cancelled when there’s a light bit of snow. Once they even said the train is cancelled due to “leaves on the track”. And the hot weather brings hosepipe bans pretty quickly too. England has very little emergency infrastructure I guess. But alot of English people have pets so things like evacuations and the such would have to follow the example of NY as Elisa has described in this great article. I think its fantastic that the mayor made way for peoples animals. What a good thing to do. What good thinking. It’s great, I really admire the fact. Even though America has some pretty medieval attitudes towards animals it also has very good ones at the same time. In this case what is so great is that the good attitudes prevailed when it was crucial. Great article, thanks.

  4. First, I think this is a great article Elisa. Thank you for writing it for PoC.

    Second, I think New York seem to have set the standard for caring for companion animals during a natural disaster. There appears to have been a genuine concern for pets and they are really included in the evacuation.

    My mind goes back to the Japanese radiation leak after the tsunami. It appears that a lot of people evacuated while leaving their pets behind to fend for themselves. Perhaps the circumstances were different. But when people went back dogs and cats where wandering around scavenging amongst the wreckage – horrible.

    I just like to see pets treated in an identical way to humans under these circumstances.

    • I live in South Carolina and all we had was wind and cold. I went to 2 local businesses on my way to work Monday and the debit/credit card machines were malfunctioning at both places. I do know from experience that wind will slow them down. A lot of people don’t think about having cash on hand during an emergency. Don’t take the chance on a card reader functioning.

      I do hope towns will go ahead and approve of pets being allowed before an emergency actually happens. I know when my state has a true hurricane risk the interstate has all lanes going away from the ocean. So there’s plenty of time to evacuate. Many refuse to leave their homes if their pets can’t go.

      I hope the readers will have some more helpful tips.

      • America has far more extreme weather than the UK. Our biggest problem is avoiding depression because of the incessant grey skies and drizzle 🙂 I think we get a storm once every 10 years or something like that. America had a heat wave last summer and now it’s the storm season.

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