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Weather people routinely overreact with weather reports in order to make headlines, the slang term is 'weather porn'.
However, this time, for Florida, it looks like it really is going to be an extra nasty hurricane.

Make sure you have
Non perishable food and water stored in containers
Extra dog food
Medical supplies, and first aid dog supplies
Some good movies while you still have electricity

You and your dogs and families and other pets are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe.
 

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I agree, this one looks nasty. Thinking of you @jclark343, Roxie, Forbes, and your poor husband's sunburned back. ;)
 
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Yeah I'm really worried for everyone in the path of it. I'm counting my blessing right now that I live in the panhandle so I'm out of the way of it
 

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Praying for them all.

You want a minimum of a 3 day supply of water for both you and your dogs. It's better to have at least a week just to be on the safe side.

Likewise any medicine, at least a 3 day supply.

In case the water supply is shut down baby wipes come in handy for keeping clean.

Hand sanitizer.

Disposable cutlery, plates, bowls, and cups.

A bbq pit, camp stove, or sterno comes in handy if you want to heat food or drink.

Know which emergency shelters take pets! I can't stress that enough, it's the trouble I ran into with Hurricane Katrina, none of the emergency shelters near me would let me bring my dogs and cat.

If possible have a way to evacuate with your dogs.

Make sure your dogs microchip info is up to date, and likewise any info on their tags. Speaking of which make sure they have their tags on. The info on the microchip and/or the tag can make the difference on whether you get the dog back or not if they escape from your home.
 
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One important item I forgot to mention is flashlights. I live on the Gulf Coast, we get hurricanes, and I live in an area where after a short amount of time, one cannot evacuate because the roads are prone to flooding.

So if you have to hunker down, have several flashlights and of course, batteries. I cannot think of a more miserable situation than having a dog relieve itself in the living room (your dogs are not going to want to go outside during a hurricane, it is fearsome), and you, with no flashlight, go to clean up the mess, only to accidentally step in it, slide, fall, and break your leg. Ambulances can not get in to help you if something should go wrong. Perhaps that is an unlikely chain of events, but I'm sure you can think of your own involving total darkness, fearsome weather, and dogs.

I have two sets of these in my garage, wrapped up in plastic. There are several aluminum pans and cans of Sterno. Having it in a box in one place is worth it to me. Sterno 70150 24 piece disposable party kits.
 

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I read on another forum (not about pets) that there was a lady who was getting ready to evacuate but was concerned about some stray kittens in her neighborhood that she couldn't find to take along with her and her family. I suggested that perhaps she could call and leave the information with the local ASPCA because I've heard that they oftentimes will go through areas evacuated in an effort to pick up strays. Anyone have any other advice I could give her?
 

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Yeah, this is a nasty one. I'm praying it turns east soon... One of the reasons people give for not evacuating is pets, not wanting to leave them behind. So don't. Take them with you and away from harm. My heart always breaks when I see pets left behind to fend for themselves.
 

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Hello! Enjoying having power for now but I am sure it is limited. Lol. I have collars with tags on my dogs, we have our shutters up, and we are STOCKED on food and water. Also have at least 2 weeks of dog food and a ton of dog treats. We are taking frequent potty breaks while we can. They don't understand why we are walking in the front yard (back door is shuttered up). This storm is pretty intimidating. It's big, strong, and slow moving. Here's to hoping it goes a little bit more east and we don't get the full brunt of the eye wall. There is a threat of it making land fall just north of me, and if it does we are looking at some strong winds.

I've never been in the place where I have had to evacuate to a shelter but I couldn't imagine ever leaving my pets behind. I have seen people on the news saying they did not evacuate because of their animals.
 

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There is no way I would leave without my animals but mine are small and one of them is my comfort dog, so is Federally protected to be allowed to come with me. For people who are not well off or who have really large dogs or a large amount of animals, they cannot take them to shelters, so if those people have children or people who are infirm to begin with, there is no way to stay behind with their pets. I know the ASPCA and other agencies would rather have people contact them before they leave their pets behind, because arrangements can be made at these facilities to have their pets left there. They'd much rather have them do that than to get a phone call three days after they've had to leave and then break in to save an animal.
 

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Hello! Enjoying having power for now but I am sure it is limited. Lol. I have collars with tags on my dogs, we have our shutters up, and we are STOCKED on food and water. Also have at least 2 weeks of dog food and a ton of dog treats. We are taking frequent potty breaks while we can. They don't understand why we are walking in the front yard (back door is shuttered up). This storm is pretty intimidating. It's big, strong, and slow moving. Here's to hoping it goes a little bit more east and we don't get the full brunt of the eye wall. There is a threat of it making land fall just north of me, and if it does we are looking at some strong winds.

I've never been in the place where I have had to evacuate to a shelter but I couldn't imagine ever leaving my pets behind. I have seen people on the news saying they did not evacuate because of their animals.

I could have found a way to evacuate myself during Katrina, but not my 2 dogs and cat, so I stayed, then ended up at the Superdome anyway and had to leave the 3 pets at home, remember I said no shelters around me allowed pets. I figured I'd walk my butt home on day 3 if necessary, it didn't turn out that way. I ended up in Texas, they ended up being rescued by different animal organizations. I got Shadow and Jersey, my 2 dogs, back because I had collars and tags on them. Pirate, my cat, I never saw again, he was indoors only and I did not have a collar and tag on him nor was he micro chipped, I spent months searching pet finder and other sites but had no luck, my hope is he found another home and someone to adore him. Hard lessons
to learn, and it's why I'll never live by the gulf coast again so long as I have a pet.
 

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@Rain I'm so sorry! What a sad situation! I have an indoor cat as well and never thought to get him a tag. We get hurricanes and blizzards and have been in an evacuation zone. I'll definitely be adding a tag to my to do list!
 

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Oh @Rain, I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I couldn't even imagine how devastating that was to have to walk away from your animals. And the Superdome I heard was pretty terrible in itself.
 
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