We’re not typically a hot spot for tornadoes and floods, at least on the scale of Kansas or Mississippi, but it’s ironic that we should be having a severe weather alert, since last Saturday I took the Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR class.
While there was a first aid section in the class and we did practice breathing into the demonstration dogs and cats, the real benefit of the class was the information instructor Barbara Hollands gave out preparing for a disaster. She has years and years of experience in both veterinary medicine and emergency response, so she had some really interesting – and sometimes startling – information to share.
For example, she explained that after Hurricane Katrina there were actually three disasters: 1) Mississippi, where the hurricane struck; 2) Louisiana, where the levees broke; and 3) Texas and other states north, where refugees fled.
And it’s that third scenario that’s where most people don’t think about emergency preparedness. Continue reading