I'm going out and getting a bigger carrier tomorrow, and a bag to keep things in for the pigs that I can take with me. If we end up in a shelter or something because a tornado destroys our building, I don't think the Red Cross is going to be thinking about guinea pig needs. And with a fiance currently more in the tornado belt than I am right now, I need to be prepared when I move there so I can provide for the pigs in an emergency. The question is what should I keep in the pigs' emergency bag and how much? Has anyone made an emergency kit for their pets?
My mom and dad's house was destroyed by a tornado in '90. We still haven't gotten over it. The only reason the dogs survived was that they were smart enough to hide in the closet next to the master bathroom. There was one wall left standing after the tornado went through—the one holding up the closet where the poor dogs were cowering.
This came in very handy when my apt was on fire and I had to evacuate everyone quickly!
I have extra cages (broken down) and food/supplies at a friends on the other side of town, and in another town, just so there is a safe place for us to run, just in case!
- For Rocky
I have a tote bag that stores the "makeshift cage" supplies: extra grids zip-tied together so that they can be easily be unfolded and connected together, extra connectors, velcro zip tie things just because they're so useful, plastic tablecloth to put under the cage. Maybe I should store an extra towel or two in there, too. I also have the pigs' "med kit" which is an old toiletries carrier that unfolds to store stuff. That houses the nail clippers, stiptic powder, extra towel for wrapping a pig, syringes, simethicone, etc.
I'm in an apartment for the time being, but I have a friend on the basement floor who's agreed to let me store a small bag of hay and 10 lbs. of pellets in her closet just in case. Better to have to live on pellets for a while than starve. I'll have better provisions when I move. Thanks for all the ideas! I'm going to have a couple of zip-tied and folded cages ready for when I have my own basement.
I wrote it after having lived through a major, last minute and extended evacuation. Luckily I was mostly prepared knowing that the day would come when I needed to move fast. I learned a lot from my own evac and even more from the aftermath, both my own and others (what I saw on T.V. and from others' experiences)