Okay, first – this hurricane policy of “no animals” at shelters is going to kill people. NOBODY that owns pets is going to leave their pets behind at their houses with a killer hurricane roaring down on them and go sit in a shelter and play checkers. While their pets sit in terror at a dark house, alone… with storm surge coming under the door.
So, all the cities in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia that are telling people evacuation is mandatory, you have to go to a shelter and leave your pets behind – prepare for the wrongful death lawsuits over the “No animals” policies. It;s going to be a huge financial loss to you all. You’re warned.
Now, if you’re there and reading this ,and still have power… look out. First things first, get your ladder and tools inside your house. You need to get the ladder up to the crawl space fast. If storm surge gets up above 3 feet, your pets can drown.
If it gets above 5 feet, you will drown.
Get you and your pets into the crawl space in your attic if the waters start coming inside. Bring your tools up with you… then pull the ladder up after you.
You’ll need to watch that water. Because if its coming up into the attic crawlspace, you need something,like a tire iron, a crowbar, anything strong with a chisel tip. Even a hammer.
Go to where the roof slats meet the support beams, at the end of the roof. They’re weakest there. If the water starts getting up to where you and your pets risk drowning in your attic (it happened in New Orleans), start breaking out your roof slats. You need about two or three broken away. A hammer can bang them out. Remember, the roof slats are just nailed in place, and will be weakened greatly during the storm winds.
Now you and your pets can get on the roof and escape the flood waters. Remember, storm surges can reach 11-12 feet. The first floor of a house is usually 8 feet. It would take a 16 foot storm surge to do it, but it can happen
You need to bring all your food and water up into that attic crawlspace if the house starts flooding. Hopefully, you have those plastic tubs most hardware stores sell.
If you haven’t already filled every container in the house with water, do it now. Bring a phone with you, and a weather radio with you.
If you are in extreme, life threatening emergency and cannot get help, grab your fire alarm off the wall, and hold it out the window. Press the test button three times. Three of anything is an emergency. If you have flares in your car, hopefully you brought them inside.
The rest of you not living in the storm path – do you have a 2 week supply of food? Batteries? Ham radio with one channel set to the NOAA weather channel? Flares? Flashlights? Plastic tubs? Plastic sheeting? Tools, readily available? Candles? Emergency cooking materials, such as a Swiss Army Mess kit? Propane grill? Sterno? First aid kit? Cash? Rolaids & tums, pepto bismal? Perscription meds? Bandages? Collapsible Water bottles? Non perishable canned and boxed foods, such as tuna, ravioli, chili, vienna sausages, deviled ham, peanut butter & jelly, bread, pop tarts, energy bars, coffee, tea? Books to read? (like your BIBLE….?) If you have any self defense items, grab them too. People get desperate when stores close and don’t open for days…
Keep a full tank of gas in your cars at all times.
It’s not if, it’s when.
Reposted from a previous article