Preparing for the “big” one
In this issue of the Star there are two articles pertaining
to hurricane preparations. While one is a typical yearly
focus on what needs to be done now to prepare yourself and
your family for an onslaught by Mother Nature, the other
article focuses on what to do to prepare your pets for a
storm or evacuation and sheltering.
When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi
and New Orleans, Louisiana, graphic video shots captured the
confusion and pain associated with leaving pets behind or
staying in place with the animals and risking your life to
do so. As a local veterinarian said, “this points out the
kind of bond so many people have with their pets. They are
family and if those news stories didn’t tear your heart out,
I agree and being a multiple pet owner
and animal lover, I think it is extremely important to make
advance preparations to take care of our furry loved ones.
It is, say officials, just a matter of
time before “the big one” hits the immediate Gulf Coast area
and has a serious impact on inland cities and towns. For
those of us who are old enough to remember Hurricane Carla,
yearly preparation for the possibility of a hurricane is as
normal as baking cookies for Christmas. For newcomers to the
Gulf Coast, this is something you need to make part of your
yearly planning just as you change the batteries in the
smoke detectors and winterize your home and outdoors for the
rare freezing temperatures here.
Please take the time to read the suggestions of
professionals who often have to work with fleeing families
and deal with the aftermath when a storm hits.