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Is Your Pet Prepared for Disaster?

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It would be pretty naïve to think that you could not be affected by a disaster. In recent years, abnormal weather patterns have become the norm and thousands of people, either temporarily or permanently, had to leave their homes. While some people have a plan of what to do if an emergency should occur, their pets are often left out of the equation. Pets that are left behind get lost, injured or die. It is important to include them in your emergency preparedness plan. Here are some ways to prepare your pet for a disaster.

Early Preparations

Some of the most important aspects of preparing your pet for a disaster are not really that involved or inconvenient. If your pets can wear a collar or tag, they should be wearing them. The most recent contact information needs to be written on the tags. If possible, you should consider having your dog micro chipped. These two actions will increase the chances of you being reunited with your pet should you get separated.

All items needed to transport your dog needs to be easily accessible and located near the door. Hang your pet’s leash near the door. If your pet needs to be transported in a carrier, make sure you have one. Also, figure out how to put the crate together. An emergency situation is not the time to figure out how to operate your carrier. You should also make sure that the carrier fits into your car.

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If you have an emergency preparedness plan, you may have already thought about where you are going to stay in an emergency. When considering these options, think about your pet. Try to include places that are able to accommodate your pet. Keep in mind that some of your options may not accommodate pets. If that is the case, talk to friends and family to see if they can house your pet. Other options can include:

Veterinarians
Animal Shelters
Pet Hotels
Tripswithpets.com (a source for Pet-friendly hotels)

Pet Disaster Kit

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Again, you should prepare for a disaster with a pet in the same manner that you would prepare for your family. Here are a few suggestions for your kit.

Food and Water Bowls
Two Weeks of Food and Water (per pet)
Any Necessary Medications
Medical Records that include recent shots and micro chip number

You should also have cleaning supplies on hand to clean up after any accidents. Include in your kit the necessary items for any type of exotic pet. If your pet requires a litter box, litter or other special item, included those in your kit. Bring along a few pet toys and bedding. Pets are also stressed in emergency situations. Having a few items that are familiar to them will keep them calm.

What to Do If You Wait Out a Disaster at Home

Just because an emergency does not require you to evacuate your home, does not mean you should not have some level of preparedness. Find an area in your house where the entire family can gather and move your pets there. It is a good to keep your pets near you in case you need to leave your home. Make sure any animals that cannot come inside are in a safe. Farm animals should be placed in a safe area that can keep them contained.

Close all of your windows and doors. Listen to the radio to track the progress of the storm. It is also important that your monitor the whereabouts of your pets. Some pets have adverse behavioral reactions in emergency situations.

Emergency preparedness is important. However, it is also important that you remember the members of your family that cannot take care of themselves. Design a preparedness plan for your pets. Having a plan to deal with them during an emergency will help to keep your pets comfortable and safe.

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The 5 Best Concealed Carry Tips for Responsible Gun Owners

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Now that you have decided to begin carrying a concealed weapon, you will want to do this in the safest manner possible. Your point is to protect yourself and your family from negative outside influences, so you do not want your weapon to be a detriment to your safety, and it doesn’t have to be. You can carry a concealed weapon and prevent unfortunate disasters from occurring. The way to do this is to follow these five best concealed-carry tips for responsible gun owners such as yourself.

Tip #1: Practice Wearing Your Concealed Weapon Around the House.

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People who receive this advice opt not to take it because they believe it is silly, but this tip is actually very important because it allows you to become accustomed to the feel of the holster before you go out in public. Therefore, before you take your first step outside with your new concealed weapon, wear it around the house first. Be conscious of how it feels when you sit down and stand up. Notice when you make movements that cause the holster to shift. This preparation will help you find the best way to wear your holster when you are out in public so that there aren’t any embarrassing scenes.

Tip #2: Practice Wearing Different Types of Holsters.

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You may find that you don’t like the way your holster feels. The simple solution to this problem is to purchase a new holster. You have many options, so try wearing several different holsters until you find one that is the most comfortable for you. The holster is so important that you may wish to find the right one before you purchase a firearm. Those who ignore this tip find that they would rather leave their concealed weapons at home because they don’t enjoy how their holsters feel. This will not happen to you if you choose the right holster before you start wearing it in public.

Tip #3: Don’t Touch Your Weapon.

People who do not follow the first tip will also break this third tip. It’s very important that you do not touch your weapon because if you do, others will be aware of the fact that you are carrying a concealed weapon. This occurs most often because people aren’t used to how the holster feels, and they can’t resist the temptation to constantly adjust it. When you believe that your holster is out of place, you must wait until you are in a private area to readjust it so that you can avoid accidentally exposing your weapon to other people.

Tip #4: Practice Drawing Your Weapon at Home.

You cannot perform too many practice maneuvers with your new gun and holster, so make sure that you practice drawing your concealed weapon from its hiding place in the safety of your home. If you have never done this before, it will be very awkward for you when the need presents itself out in public. This can lead to mistakes that can turn out to have unintended consequences in the end. To prevent this, make sure that you are comfortable taking your gun out in every possible situation. Also, practice these movements when you are wearing different types of clothing because it is going to feel one way when you are wearing light summer clothes and entirely different when you are wearing a heavy coat.

Tip #5: Don’t Tell Everyone That You Have a Concealed Weapon.

It will not be necessary for you to conceal the fact that you have a weapon if you are telling everyone that you are carrying it, so don’t do this. Of course, you will want to inform your spouse that you have a concealed weapon along with close friends and family, but this is information that the rest of the public shouldn’t know. If people who wish to do you or your family harm learn that you have a gun before you are ready to tell them yourself, they could obtain the upper hand. Prevent this scenario by keeping your concealed weapon a well-guarded secret.

Winter Survival Tips They Don’t Want You to Know About

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It doesn’t matter where in the country you live because winter can bring heavy snowfall and brutally cold temperatures. If you think that you can survive with a little heat and some gloves, you are sadly mistaken. There are some tips on how to survive a brutal winter that you might not know about.

Shelter

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Create a shelter. You can make one that is underground to above ground, but you need to make sure you have a heat source, clothing and plenty of food. You also need to keep plenty of batteries, flashlights and a radio so that you know when the cold weather starts to get better, especially if it’s snowing.

Stock The Refrigerator

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Some people don’t think about what they will eat when it gets cold. If the power goes out, you won’t have access to an oven, so you need to keep foods that you can easily prepare on a wood stove or the top of a kerosene heater. Crackers, bread, peanut butter and jelly are good sources of nutrition. You also need to keep plenty of water bottles in case the pipes freeze. Keep an extra bag or dog or cat food as well. If you have an infant or toddler, you need to make sure you have a supply of formula, baby food or meals that are essential for young children.

Shovelling

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Don’t wait until the snow is a few feet high before you shovel the sidewalk or around the car. Put the car in a garage if you have one so that you don’t have to scrape ice. When you see that the snow is going to keep falling, start making a path so that you can get out of the house if you need to, or you will be straining to clear away the snow, which can cause health problems if you aren’t careful.

Frostbite

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If the temperatures are very cold, then it’s possible that you can get frostbite on the toes or fingers. Keep the extremities covered with socks if you don’t have gloves. Stock up on hand warmers so that you can keep your hands warm or your feet warm by placing them in your shoes. Layers of clothing are ideal for staying warm if the power goes out and you have no heat. Keep blankets handy so that you can cover up even if the power doesn’t go out.