For the first time in my life, I recognized the land that was the cover story in our local newspaper. Sadly, not in a good way. There are power lines that course through our property on the way to a town that sits about 1000 feet higher than we are in the Sierra foothills. Above ground power lines are everywhere and connect us to the grid so we can refrigerate food, live in a comfortable temperature, cook, etc. as anyone still connected will testify.
Adjacent to our home is a parcel of unoccupied land. Two nights ago, a pine branch snapped off and brought powerlines to the ground starting a fire. Power to the town above us was lost for a time. The fire was fought by air and land. After two days, it was successfully controlled and power was restored. During that time, two fire fighters and a fire truck were parked near our home in case it needed to be defended. We always comply with defensible space rules so they felt, if need be, it could be defended.
All of this raised the question, “are we ready to evacuate if we must?” We have a dog and three cats who would be our first priority after insuring each other’s safety. All the “stuff” of life was insignificant by comparison. All of them have microchips, even the two who are completely indoors. Should we have to leave, in the chaos that might ensue, one of them may be so frightened that we could lose control of them. In the past, people who have been evacuated have had to be housed separately from their animals, too. We made sure our information was current at Home Again, the microchip company with whom we enrolled.
Our carriers live in our living room so that the cats are comfortable with them. They have been taken so many places that there is no resistance. In fact, they can occasionally be found napping in them.
Since we have a 20 year old, Woody who has many medications that are very important to his health and comfort, there is an instruction list along with a little carrying case with all his “necessaries”. In addition, we have set aside a list of food they all eat and make sure there is plenty extra, just in case. While the other three are much younger, keeping their regular diet is important for their comfort.
No matter where you live, there are risks.: tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes in the south, fires and earthquakes in the west and southwest. There was a house fire down the street from our Portland hospital not long ago. SO even if you don’t live where weather can cause trouble, make sure you have an evacuation plan that includes your pets. Everyone will be safer, if you do.