Katie and Lucy

Katie and Lucy turn Prepper

Or, as some are calling it, “God’s review of Jersey Shore.”

Looks like DC is set to get hit pretty hard by Sandy.  Katie and Lucy have turned Prepper and are digging in til the storm passes.

The ASPCA recommends you take the following steps to prepare your pets for Hurricane Sandy:

  • Post a sticker on your home that lets rescue workers know there are pets in your home.
  • Choose the safest place for yourself and your pets inside your home, and in case of an emergency know where you’re going to go.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an ID
  • Stock up with plenty of water, medications, batteries, first aid kits and anything else you might need in case of a power outage.
  • Bring your pets inside and keep them with you.

None of the planning guides seems to mention this, but I’ll add one:  charge all your electronic devices (particularly your cell phone) and keep them charged.  If the power goes out you may still have cell reception.  More than once I’ve forgotten to keep them loaded before a storm and paid the price when the power went down.  If something bad happens you don’t want to be standing there cussing a dead battery (and yourself).

More pet links:

  • All New York City evacuation shelters accept pets, per the ASPCA.
  • Virginia has a list of hurricane shelters on Google Maps.
  • DC and Maryland shelters are listed here.  Some of the Maryland shelters are designated as pet-friendly.
  • Some shelters won’t take pets, however, so here’s the ASPCA’s guide for animal-friendly hotels.

FEMA’s tips on caring for animals:  “If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.”  What a far cry from Katrina when they forced people to abandon their pets.

Yesterday Lucy was getting her typical pre-storm jitters so I broke down and bought one of those dog anxiety Thundershirts.  I was totally skeptical about it but the minute I put it on her in the store to test the size, she calmed down.  She’s been fine ever since.

If you have good links, please put them in the comments and I’ll add them.

If you happen to be in the hurricane’s path we hope that you and your pets stay safe, warm and dry.The girls and I have built a fire and we’ve parked ourselves in front of it until Sandy passes, so please join us here as we update you on the latest.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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