Fortunately, I filled up the piggies' water bottles and also a pot for our drinking water before the storms came through. My in-laws, who live about 3 or 4 miles away, never lost their power, so we were able to get buckets of water for flushing toilets, etc.
This incident left me thinking, "How do you prepare your "furry friends" for emergencies?"
Here is what I've done:
* If I know a storm is coming, I "top off" the pigs' water bottles. I also add extra hay & pellets to the bowls, if necessary.
* I have a Marchioro carrier in the living room so I can grab the pigs quickly and put them in the carrier. This way I can bring them with us if we need to "evacuate" the house. (I have heard that one needs to make sure there are enough carriers to hold all the furry animals you have! It would be heartbreaking to have to leave some behind just because there weren't enough carriers to take them all!)
* I always have an extra bag of pellets in the freezer; extra hay and extra shavings are in containers in the basement. I wouldn't have to worry about running out of "piggy essentials" for quite some time.
Does any one else have emergency preparedness tips? What do you do to prepare your piggies for emergencies?
We are moving right now to a new farm...and one thing I will make sure of is that the windows in the animal room open and shut properly.
They will be on the main level, so I could put them in a kennel and set them out the window (this is if there were a house fire.) That way I wouldn't have to carry them throughout the house.
bring the hamster cages downstairs to our safe place(inside bathroom with no windows),
Ava goes on a leash,
the pigs will go into a pet taxi thats put into the bathtub(yes I know pet taxis aren't the best for guinea pigs but it keeps them out of Ava's view which is very important),
Hammer our other dog either comes in or goes under the house or in the garage. He's not really comfortable in the house and sometimes has already picked his spot and won't come out.
Then the kids and I(for some reason my husband is never at home during a warning) go into the bathroom(off my bedroom) and wait it out.
The biggest thing I do is to keep an eye on the weather. I know which direction the storms usually come from and out TV weather people contstantly broadcast if there is a tornado warning anywhere in our broadcast area. If there is a storm in the neighboring county blowing in our direction I start everyone moving to get ready for it. This usually gives me plenty of time to get everyone moved and settled( and time to locate Hammer who is scared of thunder)
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I've had to evacuate once, and it was a bit akward with all four pigs in the car, but it was successful and I think the pigs had a fun adventure!
In most instances of tornado warnings, I have spare cages and carriers stored in my basement, which is where we would usually evacuate to anyway. I also have bottled drinking water down there, bedding, hay, and pellets are all stored down there as well, so they're sitting pretty.
If neccessary, I have a van that will carry all the animals for evacuation (altho I'm having a hard time picturing having to evacuate, given our location, altho a forest fire did come rather close a few years back).
I worry about ice storms in winter knocking out the power, and since we can get down to -30 around here, I have installed a gas powered generator for electricity, and a back up heating system that runs on propane independant of electricity.
We had power out for almost a week a couple years back when we got hit with an enormous windstorm that knocked out the power all over the upper half of the state. Water was at a premium everywhere, and local businesses that had generators ran hoses out to the curb so that people could fill up containers, and luckily it was summer and warm, altho we did end up having to compost most of what was in the freezers and refrigerators. Everyone had enormous barbeques for 3 meals a day trying to use up everything before it spoiled (and invited anyone and everyone they knew or was passing by) -- fortunately that isn't a problem with pig food.
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Our power goes out occasionally, and since we have an electric well, we have a generator.
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The sows, I'd probably put as many as humanly possible in the bathtub(center of the house with no windows or exterior walls). Any sows I can't fit in the tub and the boars all have evacuation plans in laundry baskets to the basement with me and the other animals. The dogs will go in the finished bedroom that is down there, but I also have a few petstore cages and a couple empty fishtanks I can put them in down there so they are safe from the dogs too.
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I live about 20 - 25 minutes south of Albany.
Yes, we had an icestorm in April. My son's birthday was on the 4th. He was moaning all day.... he thought for sure his grandparents wouldn't be able to make it over for cake. The storm held off just long enough that they were able to visit for a short time.
I hope we don't have any more tornadoes come through here for a long, long time. The amount of damage in some of the neighborhoods is unbelievable. The tornadoes were only F1's and F2's, too! I guess we were fortunate that our power was only out for 44 hours. We saw one of the town supervisors over the weekend and he said some parts of the area were out of power for 4 to 5 days!
Glad to see you made it through the tornadoes. I've experienced straight-line winds ( very damaging ) before and they aren't fun! I hope never to experience even the smallest of tornadoes. I have always been afraid of windstorms.
Yes, what a winter! I don't mind the snow, though, as I am a cold weather person. The kids had a great time this past winter making snow forts & sledding tracks. I think at one point we had 4 feet of snow or so on the ground. Ahhh... an "ole' fashioned winter" - just like the ones I remember from my childhood.
However, I could do without all the ice storms we had. Not only did we have the one in April but we had some here in November, too! Ice storms are just too dangerous!