I love, love, love, my furry family of animals. I’d do anything to keep them safe…most pet owners would. You might be saying, why do I need to read your articles on hurricane prep? There are hundreds of these sites on the web, and all of them are a lot shorter than reading five installments. What can you tell me that they don’t?
A lot. I can tell you a heck of a lot more detailed information than any generic list possibly could. I’ve gone through an actual hurricane evacuation, and the stress of having to flee with my animals. Generic tips on hurricane prep sites cannot possibly prepare you for what ‘evacuation’ really means.
See, I looked at those sites before Hurricane Rita ever hit the city of Lake Charles in the summer of 2005. My husband read some of the same sites, but he scoffed at half the items the prep lists suggested we needed. I didn’t scoff, but I also found it hard to understand why some of these items were necessary. Trust me, I sure understand a lot better now. That’s why I wrote these five articles in installments and why I went into such detail.
Prep Lists for humans or animals aren’t something designed to cause you problems or stress you out. They help you and your loved ones ( be they human or animal ) survive, stay safe and unharmed until Nature calms down, the mess is cleaned up, and your town functions normally again. If you live in a disaster area of any type (not just hurricane prone coastal areas), to ignore preparation plans is irresponsible and dangerous.
Hurricanes are especially unpredictable because of the sheer number of elements involved in their creation, eventual paths and final landfall. That’s why weather forecasters always display such a wide “cone” of possible strike areas. Unless you have a reliable crystal ball, no one can ever predict where these giant storms will hit until they are only a couple of hundred miles away. By then, it’s going to be a real challenge to make an evacuation plan or purchase emergency supplies if there aren’t enough…or indeed, any supplies left at all.
I’m going to share some real time experiences that my family went through in 2005. I learned the hard way what to do and what not to do during an evacuation. If I ever go through another hurricane, you can bet I will never again be complacent that “the storm probably won’t hit.”
Hopefully, what you read of my experiences with Hurricane Rita might help you, your family, and your beloved pets to stay a little safer this season.