Ok, I guess it's out turn. It was easy to advise everybody in Florida, but now with all I need to do my mind is scattered. It's been so long since we got hit, I didn't even have dogs then. Now I have four. I know the basics, but just to make sure I don't miss anything any advice will be appreciated.
Also, seeing as I live on the coast and so far South, and Texas is so big, it's hard to go anywhere. It takes hours, literally to get anywhere in the best of conditions. I don't know at what point, (category) I should decided to leave or if I should stay. I don't know what to do about the dogs as I don't really have anyone to go stay with that's not a two day drive and don't know how to go about finding a hotel that will take pets.
There's more hotels that will take pets than you probably think. I know most Ramada Inns, take pets, so do La quinta, comfort inns, Motel 6, etc. ALl of those are places I've stayed over night in with my dogs. Hilton Inns dont seem to take pets though.
Thanks Min. I'm a bit unsettled right now. Plus it's already flooding all over Texas. Is there a limit on the number or size of dogs. Do they tend to make exceptions because of mandatory evacuations? I know I need to make sure my dogs have their ids and leashes on at all times, I know I need to take food and water and heartworm pills. I only have crates for the two smaller ones. What am I missing?
Gina, give me a city that's close to you, that is out of the direct path (eye wall). I'll see if I can find something for you, just in casel
Meanwhile, if your home is secure and sound, you shouldn't have to go anywhere.
Make sure you fill the bath tubs with water (adding a capful of beach), bring in the outside LARGE garbage cans, bleach them out, put in the heavy lawn/leaf bags and put one in each bathroom (two if more room is availabe) and fill with wath that you add a capfull of bleach to. This will provide plenty of fresh drinking water for you AND the dogs should you need it as well as allowing for toilet flusing and quick wipe downs with cool, clean water.
Make sure you have enough fod on hand to get you and the dogs through for at least a week (non-parishable), asprin, benedryl, any meds that you or the dogs might require within a two week span. Remember the hand held, NON electric can opener!
Ice chests...as much ice as you can get you hands on.
Yes, ID/Vaccination tage on collars at ALL times. Leashes. And yes, many places will accept pets in manditory evacuation situations when they mormally don't.
Bear in mind, if you are in an area that is already flooding or in danger of doing so...you will not be able to take a wait and see approach about evacuation. Roads get jammed, hotels/motels fill and you'll be worse off than you would be if you'd stayed at home.
A city out of the direct hit, well the closest is San Antonio, but that's a joke. Once you are there you are stuck because they flood worse than anywhere else. Austin and Dallas are best, but they are 4 and 6 hours away. Thanks for your help.
I really want to stay, but since it's just me and the kids now (and of course the dogs) and I little scared and this is a big storm.
I live in a brick house, but when I was a kid we had a brick house and it went through the hurricane fine until a tornado hit it! No joke.
About the water. We have only one large city issued trash can. Should I start filling other stuff with water and how much bleach? Do you have to use bleach if you're filling things like milk jugs?
I have one shower and one tub. So that will have to do. Ok, now I'm going to sound so dumb, but how do you flush the toilets if there is no water?
It's already flooding all over the state, but that's from a different weather system. Just means it will be that much worse. I still have Lady's crate somewhere. Rusty has never been in a crate in his life. I'm afraid he would freak. But the biggest problem is that since I got divorced I no longer have a truck or SUV. I have a firebird, two kids and four dogs. No way I could fit two large dog crates. Suggestions? And thanks for everyone's help.
The governor has already given the mayors permission to issue evacuation orders, but the storm is still a couple of days away. So, they aren't doing anything yet. I know I sound a bit paranoid, but I am one that has to prepared ahead of time and not wait till the last minute. Also, seeing as the only way from here is North the roads will be jam packed. I would really like to stay but don't know how wise it would be.
I had another question but I forgot.
***Edited By: Gina on 7/15/2005 1:00:16 PM*** Reason: to add
If your home is brick, and you have no debris (swing sets, garbage cans, etc...) and the windows are protected, I think you will be just as safe there as at a hotel. Just my opinion so don't take it as gospel. You flush the toilets (not a silly question) by pouring in water from the containers you have flled in the bathrooms. Large kitchen garbage can will also work. Anything that is water tight.
The whole purpose of this is in preparing for loss of utilites. You would also need to make sure you have flashlights or camoing lights...remember, if you loose elecricty your cordless phones will be useless. You need to have a phone that is not dependant on electricty for use. Charge up your cell to full capacity as well as any spare batteries you might have for it.
Sanitary products, including toilet paper~
*Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification
2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water
8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach.
(Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, replace your storage bottle every three months.)
**(Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution)
Mix 1 tablespoon Regular Clorox Bleach with one gallon of water. Always wash and rinse items first, then let each item soak in Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution for 2 minutes. Drain and air dry.
Gina, how old are the kids, I'm sorry, I've forgotten...but IF you end up in a motel, you could ALWAYS rent 2 rooms with 1 large & 1 small dog for each...?
Thanks all. The latest update, less than an hour ago puts it straight between Brownsville and Corpus Christi (where I live) and they said the worst of the storm is on the North East side, so even if it hits between us we will get that North East side of it.
Fox news has the latest info. They haven't updated the maps at weather.com or noaa.gov yet.
Fox is keeping up on it good, but you have to wait for it to come around.
I'll keep checking back, please add any more info that you can think of. Also, I am assuming I need to take pictures for insurance purposes? I guess I could store them on photobucket. They aren't going anywhere, lol.
Gina, what about heading west? Del Rio, and Larado aren't too far away. I think my friend who lives in Corpus takes about 5 hours to get here to Del Rio. I know for a fact that the Best Western, La Quinta, and Ramada Inn's take pets here. I would offer my home, but we don't have air conditioning in the spare bedroom and I'm sort of in the middle of a family crisis right now. I'll be praying for you though. My email is: ****@hotmail.com if you need anything let me know. I'd be glad to look up phone numbers or give you directions if you decide to leave. Good luck and hang in there!
* edited out e-mail addey as Gina has seen it :-)
***Edited By: pyrmom on 7/15/2005 1:22:24 PM*** Reason: *
GIna, photograph EVERYTHING including the bathrooms! ceilings, floors/carpeting, furniture, cabinets, closets, whatever you can think of.
Is there anyone, family or friend who would KNOW and be able to come over and help you secure your home, then help decide if you should evacuate or would be safer at home? Brother, father, cousin, friend???
Ginger is right. Then again, if you feel like making a road trip to FL...you ARE welcome here, we have 2 spare bedrooms, a/c and the dogs are welcome. Just an awfully long drive to s. Florida
Gina, here are the safety tips I posted on the old Dennis thread, may have overlooked something in my earlier reply to you, soooo
Well, it's that time of year again, seems like only yesterday for us since we're still dealing with the aftermath and the loss of Angel from last year's storms.
For those of you who may be in the path of Dennis or any of the following storms, just remember that most shelters do NOT allow for pets. It would be a good idea to make plans in advance in case it is necessary to seek shelter for yourselves and your pet(s).
After these storms there are MANY roaming, injured and "shell shocked" pets.
Remember, it's not just DURING the storm that you may have problems. We were without electricity for weeks after Jeanne. If we hadn't had a generator on hand, that would have meant no water as we have a well.
Here are a couple of helpful hints that not only apply to humans in the home, but our 4 legged children as well.
Make sure you have plenty of fresh water for drinking.
Make sure you have enough food to get you through at least 3 weeks, especially if you are using premium food that you can only get from the pet store. Our pet store was not open for MONTHS and required on-line ordering for our food until then. Same thing for those who feed raw or home made meals, storage of the ingrediants may be problematic.
Make sure you have meds on hand (h/w preventative, regular meds your pet may require).
Check with your vet to see if it's ok to administer benedryl or something that can help realx your pet should he/she show signs of extreme stress during the storm (the winds can sometimes be rather scary).
DON'T let your pet outside until you have made sure that you have secured your yard from hazardous materials, downed electric lines, boards with nails ripped off people's homes, etc... and CHECKED YOUR FENCE (every inch of it!).
While there are many others, but my final reminder, make sure you have a secure collar on your pet with proper identification tags, just in case the unthinkable happens and you find yourself seperated from one another.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 7/15/2005 1:20:57 PM*** Reason: xx
Pyrmom, it's me and the kids and my mom. (She's 73) My brother lives here but he is leaving, already decided, he always does not matter what. He will help me board up before he leaves though.
Gingerspice, thanks. I thought, and correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Del Rio/Laredo, end up getting a lot of the nasty weather when something comes in off the gulf? Besides that if it's 5 hours, I might as well hit Dallas where I know a couple of people. They can't take me in, they live in an apartment, but at least I would know someone there.
I appreciate the help, and I understand about no a/c and family problems, all too well. Hope everything is ok with you.
If your brother is leaving, but will help board up first, that will at least help secre your home and possessions from unneccessary damage.
Important reminder... Make sure both you and mom have at least a 2 week supply of any meds you might be on. I now our pharmacies were closed for a week to two weeks after last years hurricanes (due to damage). Remember to take a minute to BREATHE! get the kids to help you with things they can do, water preperation, gathering supplies, etc...it will help them keep busy, take a bit off you and help keep everyone from going nuts. As long as they are actively involved, they know you're preparing and NOT panicing, they will also remain calm. They know mom has it under control (even if YOU think you don't).
LOL Pyrmom, you're right. I need to ask my mom about her meds. I didn't even think of that. I'm off and on we've lost power several times today, but I took a quick chance to log on and see if there was any new suggestions, sure am glad I did that. If you think of anything else please post, or scout can give you my email. Thanks for all the help, everyone.
MOVE NORTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry gina.......we dont experience things like that here. i think even in our worst conditions where we ewre decalred a state of emergency over a snowstorm it was over in a day. so i have no advice for you. i am just wishing you the best and i will be thinking of you =(
Thanks Scout. I wish I could move North, maybe someday. My brother is on his way over with plywood and after I talk to him I am going to decide what to do.
We are under flood and tornado warning right now and the power is still going off and on. What a mess.
I went to the store and got food, batteries, and all that stuff. They were out of the jugs of water already. Will try another store later. I got a really good emergency first aid kit. Has everything in there I can possibly think of. We are all keeping an eye out. Emily keeps going up and down in strength. We really won't have a positive idea about how bad it's going to be until Sunday when it hits warm gulf waters.
I think I have decided if it's a cat 4 or worse I'm going to Dallas, if 3 or less I'm staying.
I'll keep y'all posted and keep ideas coming. It's amazing the things you don't think of when it's you. Thank God Pyrmom thought of the medicines.