When Disaster Strikes: What Would You Do With Your Pets?Serge Bielanko
Have you ever thought about what would happen to your pets if disaster struck?
What would you do in the wake of a tornado or a flood or an earthquake? This Saturday, May 12th, is actually National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, a day anointed by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to help draw attention to a very real problem not many people ever really consider.
There are hundreds of forced evacuations all over the United States each year for everything from rising surfs to forest fires.
Think about Hurricane Katrina.
Think about the tornadoes in the South the past two springs.
Think about the wildfires that cover vast stretches of western land each summer.
Where do the pets go when people are forced to flee? Are people ready to evacuate their four-legged family members too?
It almost seems like a no-brainer, I know. For most pet owners, the thought of simply racing to the car and taking off with their dog or cat or bird in the rear-view mirror just seems inhumane. It seems simply unacceptable. But the fact is: there are many incidents of disaster when time is of the absolute essence. I mean, if a tornado was approaching your block would you have the time to make sure you think of everything and everyone?
I don’t know the answer, really. And I’m glad for that because it shows I haven’t had to worry about that type of thing yet. But I can guarantee that their are a lot of people out there in the world who wished they had had some kind of plan for their animals back before the twister came through or the floods covered the town.
I bet they miss those rascals that didn’t make it out.
So, what would you do? Or, have you been through anything like this before? Share a story here if you have one.
It just might help save somebody’s little buddy.
(Here’s a FEMA video to help you out):