We have a full service generator on the property that generates enough electricity to run our entire hospital, including A/C and heat, in the event of electric power interruption. We also use a backup cellular phone system for communication in the event of disruption of phone service. However, in the event of emergency, please utilize our website and facebook page for updates as we can post them.
Hurricane Season Is Here Again - Disaster Preparedness
Katrina, Rita, Gustav , and Ivan are names we are all familiar with. In any type of disaster, not just hurricanes, one should take a look back and see what went right and what went wrong during the time of crisis so that we may learn from it and try to avoid repeat scenarios. Since hurricane season is upon us once again, this is a good time to take a look back and prepare ourselves and pets for another season.
The biggest problem faced in Katrina was that people left with the expectation that they would be returning in a day or so when it actually took weeks or months before people could return home. Another major problem was lack of adequate supplies and animal identification. Proper housing and transport was another issue. Looking back on those mistakes gives us an idea of how to prepare for the next time.
When possible, the most important thing you can do for your pets in the face of an impending disaster is to take them with you. Take the time now to prepare a disaster plan so you can accomplish this. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a valuable website at www.avma.org/disaster. You can also stop by your veterinarian's office and pick up a copy of Saving the Whole Family, which is the AVMA's disaster guide publication. The information found on the website and the guidebook will help you properly plan for a large scale evacuation with your pets and livestock.
In addition to the above information, please make sure that you have proof of ownership, your pets have proper identification, and are current on their vaccinations and that you have documentation from your veterinarian for proof of their vaccinations. Medications, transport cages, food, and water are some other essential items you need. A pet-friendly destination is also important to have in mind.
While it is still relatively early in what we certainly hope to be a quiet hurricane season, please do not forget your pets and livestock when making your preparations. Please take the time now to avoid a disaster later.