Each of us knows that disasters strike often, and so often many of us are not prepared to deal with them. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, earthquakes, train derailments, these events happen. And our Bullmastiffs depend upon us to keep them safe. Are you ready if a disaster occurs in your area? Where will you go if you have to leave your home? Do you know where your dogs will be accepted if you have to leave in 30 minutes time? Do you have an emergency kit to grab on your way out of the door with your dogs? Do you have the supplies necessary at home to live without help for up to a week? It takes such a short amount of time to put together your plan to keep your dogs safe if you are faced with a disaster. Literally, just an hour or two spent to ensure that your dogs go with you to safety in the event of an emergency that forces you to leave your home, or an emergency that forces you to be self-sufficient for up to a week. I encourage everyone to take the time to put together your plan. As this page develops I will provide with you as much information as I can, with as many pertinent links as I can, to help you to prepare for a disaster situation. Professionally I am a first responder, and I cannot emphasize enough the important of being prepared. If you are prepared, your dogs will have the best chance possible of surviving in a disaster.
Going Back: In August of 2005 the devastation brought by hurricane Katrina revealed the need for a plan to be put into place to help pets displaced by a disaster. So many animals were killed or separated from their owners. People died or endangered themselves trying to save their pets, knowing that if they simply left them, their pets would certainly perish. Rescue organizations did amazing work, saving many pets who would otherwise have been lost. But sadly, many of these pets never saw their owners again. They lived, but were lost in the system. While many of them found new homes, it is tragic that they never were reunited with their original owners. In response to this event, the federal government created the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act. This act requires states to include pets in their human disaster plans. This is a huge step forward to ensure the safety of our dogs. But it is still our personal responsibility to educate ourselves and to know where to go for help.
Today: We have all seen the results of the horrid drought that is plaguing much of our country. This has been a record-setting year for wildfires, resulting in loss of human life, and tragically a lot of animal life as well. Hurricane Issac is heading for the New Orleans area, and we all know what danger that brings. Tornadoes hit this spring that brought such loss of life. There is no area in this country that is risk-free for disasters. Take the time, get your plan together, be self reliant and ready to act quickly when you need to. Your dogs depend on you. Don't let them down.
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For Your Bullmastiffs
Remember, in a disaster you will either have time to sit/ride things out, or you will have to leave in a hurry. Be prepared to deal with both situations.
Will you be prepared if a disaster strikes in your area? Do you have supplies at home which will enable you to survive for up to a week without assistance from emergency workers? Do you have a ready-to-go kit for your dogs if you suddenly have to leave your home? Disasters that have recently taken place in our country have shown us that we must be ready to help ourselves in an emergency. We cannot rely on first responders or other aid reaching us in certain situations. Surviving a disaster depends a great deal upon how prepared we are to face one. I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared. Please take a few hours and put together your disaster kit! Your life and the lives of your Bullmastiffs may depend on what you do, or don’t do TODAY to prepare.
Disaster Supply Kits
Approximately sixty percent of households in this country have a pet, that is about seventy million homes. Statistically, we and our pets have a greater chance of surviving a disaster when we are prepared. Our dogs can’t do this for themselves, it is up to us to make sure that they have the protection needed during a disaster. Be informed about the kinds of emergencies/disasters that can affect the area that you live in. Don’t just assume that help will come right away after a disaster occurs. Be responsible! Your dogs are depending on you!