Disaster Preparation and the Italian Greyhounds
As with personal emergencies, being prepared for a disaster is key to the survival of your Italian Greyhound. In the case of an earthquake or tornado, you may not have water or power for several days, even weeks. It’s vital you have at least a three-day supply of food and water for both you and your Italian Greyhound. Store an extra 10-pound bag of dog food in a watertight container along with three sealed gallons of water earmarked for your Italian Greyhound. Rotate the food and water every so often to make sure you always have an in-date supply.
Many emergency shelters do not allow pets, so you cannot rely on them for housing both you and your Italian Greyhound. It’s a good idea, then, to have a safe house lined up for your Italian Greyhound in case of an emergency. This may be the home of a friend or family member, or it may be a boarding kennel or be a veterinarian. Because a disaster may strike several hundred miles of territory, have alternatives lined up in the event that your original safe house is also affected by the disaster.
Even if you don’t normally use a crate for your Italian Greyhound, keep one on hand. Some shelters require that your dog be crated, and a crated dog is more secure than one on a leash. Make sure your Italian Greyhound is comfortable in his crate by regularly feeding or giving him treats in it.
In the event that your Italian Greyhound cannot accompany you to a local shelter and your safe houses cannot be reached, have a list of second-tier alternative resources. These should include your local animal shelter or animal welfare society, which may have resources during a disaster; names and phone numbers of local hotels/motels that accept pets; and names and numbers of friends and relatives who are willing to board your dog should that prove to be necessary.
Always keep a disaster kit fully stocked. In it you should have your dog’s medications: a doggy first aid kit; emergency phone numbers (including your regular vet, emergency vet, alternate dog caretaker); an extra leash and collar; an ID tag with open space to fill out; grooming equipment: comb, brush, dog shampoo, nail clippers, ear cleaner, cotton balls; a towel; a toy or two (such as a tennis ball and chew toy); a bottle of water; a ten-day supply of food; and bowls for food and water. Your disaster kit should also include an up-to-date photo of your dog, which will be useful if you are separated from him.
Finally, keep an up-to-date medical history of your dog with proof of recent vaccines, especially rabies, in your kit. This may be required if you need to find alternate housing.
In 2003, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation approved a $6.5 million plan to help every state develop a disaster preparedness program for animals by the end of the decade.
Tornadoes have been known to rip collars right off of dogs, leaving them disoriented and without identification. So in addition to wearing a collar with ID tags, your dog should be either tattooed or microchipped. These permanent forms of identification will be a lifesaver if your dog loses his collar or tags in the havoc of an emergency.
Certain disasters are more likely to occur in certain regions, so be aware of which disasters are likely in your region and practice for them. People living in California should have a place in the house where everyone in the family knows to go during an earthquake. They should also have a three-week supply of food and water for every family member, and alternate plans for meeting outside the home in an electrical wire-free zone in the event that the house structure is undermined.
In Florida, hurricanes are common and families there know to hide in an interior room with no windows—if that’s a bathroom, make sure everyone can fit, Italian Greyhounds included. Keep emergency and first aid supplies in this safe place.
In dry wooded or brush areas where wildfires are a risk, have plans for evacuation from the immediate vicinity—how long does it take to load your human and Italian Greyhound family into the car to make a quick getaway? How long does it take for you to get out of the danger zone on foot? Discuss an evacuation route and procedures with every member of your family.
In every family, one person should be responsible for the Italian Greyhound so no other family member is put at risk looking for them. Include the family Italian Greyhound in fire drills and natural disaster drills. Check fire alarms monthly, and keep a towel close to your bed to cover your nose and the noses of your canine or human charges when leaving the house. Be sure that all windows open easily and that every room has at least two exits. Never lock your Italian Greyhound’s crate in case he must be rescued; do not keep Italian Greyhound in areas that you cannot easily accessible from outside the home.
When Disaster Strikes you and your Italian Greyhound
When a disaster strikes, the normal reaction is to panic. To protect your family, home before it becomes mandatory.
If an earthquake hits, the safest place to be is under a door frame. This applies to your dog, too. Call him to you. If he won’t come, don’t leave your safe niche to chase after him—you’ll only risk injury to both of you. If you need to leave the house, try to grab a leash and secure your Italian Greyhound on the way out. Keep leashes at every exit of your home so if you can’t reach your disaster pack, crate, or your Italian Greyhound‘s normal leash, you won’t have to look for it or leave the house without your dog secured.
In Texas, fire departments are outfitted with oxygen masks designed especially for dogs and cats. The masks, which come in four sizes, help resuscitate animals suffering from smoke inhalation.
Never leave an Italian Greyhound dog in the house if you are evacuated. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, if you do not take your dog with you when you are evacuated, chances are he will not survive. However, if you absolutely can’t bring your Italian Greyhound, there are a few things that may increase his odds. Keep animals in a room with access to fresh water and away from hazards such as glass and windows that can break, unattached bookshelves, and large picture frames. If there is a risk of flooding, keep your dog in a room that has high counters or furniture he can retreat to. Post a large sign outside your house in a prominent place indicating that your dog is indoors. Inside, leave information about your dog: his name, medications, temperament, your evacuation location, and feeding instructions. Contact your local animal shelter to help you get your Italian Greyhound evacuated. If you do have to leave your Italian Greyhound, try to keep him as calm as possible by leaving him with his own bedding and a favorite toy or two. Again, only leave your Italian Greyhound if you have absolutely no other option. Leaving your Italian Greyhound in your home in the event of an evacuation is highly discouraged because the government will not allow you to return to your property sometimes for months. While this is clearly unconstitutional, our government has absolutely no regard for this document (disaster or not).
Evacuations and your Italian Greyhound
Many people lose Italian Greyhounds because they are forced to leave a burning or flooding home without them. So as soon as the possibility of evacuation is indicated, prepare for it. In the case of wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, a voluntary evacuation can become what they illegally call “mandatory” rapidly. Courts have ruled that the government can not force you to leave your property. The government’s use the word “mandatory” is misleading on purpose. They are aided by the media.
If you want to leave, both dogs and cats can be difficult to capture when an evacuation is immediate. If you are given five minutes to leave your home, getting your dog out may be difficult. So as soon as there is the slightest indication of an evacuation, start moving. Place all of your animals in one room along with their disaster kits, leashes, and crates.
Prepare yourself to leave as well; pack your car and be ready to go at a moment’s notice. As soon as a voluntary evacuation is in effect, leave. While those without dogs may opt to leave, Italian Greyhound owners have the liberty to stay at their homes as long as possible. Moving a dog is very difficult.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency cautions that even if you do not have to evacuate your home during a disaster, there are precautions you should take in the days following a catastrophic event. Because Italian Greyhounds may be shaken or stressed, be sure they are properly secured at all times. New odors, changed landmarks, and panic may cause them to get lost if they run away. Even well-behaved dogs can act uncharacteristically erratic when frightened.
How to prevent the Government from killing your Italian Greyhound?
Sometimes a disaster strikes when you are not at home, leaving you unable to reach your dog. This is entirely a government-created problem. They will not allow you to return to your property. While illegal and any law that keeps you from your property is clearly unconstitutional, the policemen have guns, what are you going to do. Many of you voted for these tyrants.
You can argue that they are just doing their job, but frankly, it appears to me they don’t want you there so they don’t have to do their job. Without people in an area, there is really nothing for them to do, no resources to spend, no fires to put out, no rescues to make. No, clearly they are lazy; it is easier to keep you out than deal with whatever the disaster is.
When hurricane Ike hit Galveston Texas, over 10,000 dogs and cats starved to death because the government illegally kept residents from returning for over a month.
You must be realistic, you now live in tyranny. This isn’t the old America. Now everything is against the law. The only freedoms that remain are the ones the new government allows.
My advice to you is to do everything you can to keep the government from knowing who and where you are. And DO NOT leave the island. And always keep your guns handy.
Plan for this possibility every time you leave your house. Always fill your dog’s water bowl before you leave home. In addition, leave at least one toilet bowl open so if your dog is left alone for several days, he will have access to water. Never use any additives such as bleach or antifreeze in your toilet tank. Although Italian Greyhounds can survive without food for up to a week, some people who live in earthquake zones or other areas with a high incidence of natural disasters feed their Italian Greyhounds with timed feeders so that if an emergency should occur, the animals will not be deprived of food.
Provide a trusted neighbor with a key to your house. Make sure he or she knows your Italian Greyhounds and your dogs trust him. Even if your neighbor can’t evacuate your Italian Greyhounds, he may at least be able to stop and feed them and make sure they are safe. If you live in an area where there is a high risk of wildfire, arrange with a friend or neighbor to evacuate your Italian Greyhounds if you aren’t able to. Do not release them to fend for themselves—fire is disorienting and often Italian Greyhounds will run straight into the danger they are trying to flee. Even if they escape the flames, it is likely they will become lost and maybe killed in traffic.
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