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Preparing for Isaac….

This has certainly been one exciting move!

All this moving work has worn me out!

Now we’re expecting Isaac to make land nearby at the first of week.

Since this is all new to us, Jen’s not sure what to expect or what to do.  Oh, we have food and water and that kind of stuff, but since there are several of us animals, it would be more comfortable for Jen if she had a plan on what to do about us.

If YOU have advice on how to be prepared with a family as large as ours, your advice is greatly appreciated.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


60 thoughts on “Preparing for Isaac….

  1. One friend that lives in Florida has a dog that will only potty on grass. When there is a storm coming they go to the plant store and get squares of grass to put in a box they built and put this in the garage so he will go potty.

    Posted by Lisa Launius | August 25, 2012, 7:05 AM
  2. Oh Rumpy, we can’t believe that after all that you have been through, now you have to deal with Isaac coming in! Man, we feel for you and hope that all of you will make it through this ok. Do you need to board up windows? I can only imagine what you will have to endure. Hugs & wet puppy kisses from Nikita!

    Posted by Nikitaland | August 25, 2012, 7:07 AM
    • Dear rumpy gwenie hear i ask dad if he had any help for you he told me this back in the 80s he went thur a hurcane can not rember its name but told me this not shur wear your at but if your in warning area you may went to bord up your windows have water food batttries pet food blankets fill the car up with gas and if your area gone to get a dead on hit they may tell you to evacuate to a shelter not shur of the laws now but when i was their dogs wear not aloud in the shelter witch sucks

      Posted by gweniedog | August 25, 2012, 7:15 AM
  3. Same prep as forhumans, plenty of food water a safe Bldg to weather storm a safe place for all of u toevacuate to if so ordered that will take pets, if u can’t fimd shielter for all of u make a reservation at motel accepting pets as a backup plan (make reservation early to ensure place) if u must evacuate take 1st aid supplies, food & water for five days, pet health records and personal items, food. & water for humans too, prepare for fact u might not b able to walk dogs during height of storm which can be as long as 24 hours, neen there, done that, good luck

    Posted by Phyl Herman | August 25, 2012, 7:36 AM
  4. Real quick, Rumpy, here is something I’ve found on the web:
    I just googled “emergency preparedness pets”
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by Lindy MacDuff | August 25, 2012, 7:38 AM
  5. Stay safe pals. Ive put a link on your fb page, hoping it will help. Will be thinking of you all.

    Posted by talesfromthepack | August 25, 2012, 7:48 AM
  6. Hey gang, you can contact Janet via her email, she is helper at Siberian Husky Rescue Florida she will be able to advise you shrfcontact@yahoo.com

    Posted by talesfromthepack | August 25, 2012, 7:57 AM
  7. I hope the storm will slow before it gets to you and that every single one of you are safe. The ASPCA page indicated by Lindy MacDuff has a lot of good info.

    Posted by Dawn | August 25, 2012, 8:24 AM
  8. Gosh, how frightening. Saw it on the news this morning. Thinking of you x.

    Posted by shacklefordlb | August 25, 2012, 8:29 AM
  9. I haven’t experienced harricane, so I can’t tell any advices….I’m sorry…. but I hope your familly stay all safe. Praying and keeping all of you in my thoughts. *pawhugs*

    Posted by eripanwkevin | August 25, 2012, 9:02 AM
  10. First moving NOW a storm! You will be in my prayers. Since I live so very close to the mountains I have never experienced a hurricane. I would not know what to do. If it was a fire then I might be able to help.

    Posted by Goose | August 25, 2012, 9:09 AM
  11. Hide under the covers…..

    Love and licks and happy thoughts and prayers coming your way,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | August 25, 2012, 9:11 AM
  12. Hopefully Isaac will be worn out before he gets anywhere close but you could ask your neighbors what THEIR plans are – they are probably well used to having to prepare for these things…..hopefully you can stay put, stay safe, and all will be well. We certainly will keep you in our prayers – count on it!

    Love and Hugs, Sammy (and his Mom)

    Posted by onespoiledcat | August 25, 2012, 9:24 AM
  13. Great info already in some comments. My only thought is contact Jet’s mom, Lori Moldovan, in Miami. Hey, It’s Jet Here is the blog lemoldov@bellsouth.net. She has two dogs, both bad in storms and one elder cat I know she can offer help right down to when to unplug your computer. Hang tough, Savannah

    Posted by Savannah's Paw Tracks | August 25, 2012, 9:24 AM
  14. Rumpy – Mom’s been through several hurricanes in Central Florida. If you have any questions, just email me at austinlinustravis@gmail.com and she will answer them for you. A good spot to look for information is your local TV station website. Here is some information from the Orlando Sentinel website: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/weather/hurricaneguide. she has never evacuated because we are in the center of the state. If you are on the west coast of Florida, you may want to consider it. The tornadoes spawned by being on the “dirty” side of the hurricane are very scary and we will have to stay in the walk-in closet with the iPad and phone (land line) during those times.

    Posted by Austin Linus Travis | August 25, 2012, 9:31 AM
  15. Good luck! We haven’t a cloo, what to do in a hurry-cane, as we live in Oklahoma. Now, tornadoes are a horse of anudder color!

    Posted by prancer pie | August 25, 2012, 9:35 AM
  16. We’ve never evacuated because of a storm. But I would suggest having necessities packed in case you have to leave quickly. If you know anyone who’s safely out of the path of the storm that would let you visit for a couple of days, that might be a plan! Good luck – we’ll be thinking of you! Keep us posted.
    Dianna (Sundae’s mom)

    Posted by Dianna | August 25, 2012, 9:39 AM
  17. Oh Rumpy & co! Goodness, you guys have had enough! We are thinking about you! We are watching the storm as well since it is expected to come up to Atlanta & bring loads of rain! You should ask the nice neighbor if you’re in a flood plain- that looks like it may be a big problem. Maybe move the cats into one room so packing up will be easier. Do you have any who are afraid of storms? That can be a problem & make leaving harder. We definitely like the idea of reserving a room somewhere. We’ll be thinking of you & wishing you the best! Hang in there Jen!

    Posted by Ellie and Edmond © | August 25, 2012, 9:58 AM
  18. Hurricane clueless…just going to blow in some life rafts and prayers to your tribe, Rumpy! 😉

    Posted by Sunshine | August 25, 2012, 10:01 AM
  19. Not a clue!! But I hope you all are safe and sound!! xox

    Posted by CATachresis | August 25, 2012, 10:25 AM
  20. It sounds like you have gotten some good advice. We will cross our paws that the storm goes away or at least doesn’t hit too hard.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    Posted by Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning | August 25, 2012, 10:41 AM
  21. Within two months of living in Florida (in 1999), Hurricane Floyd was headed our way. While many evacuated, we remained to report the story for our paper, “Florida Today.” Our two cats were in our apartment. We were close enough that we could stop by, feed them, and check on them. But I really wish that I’d been able to take them with me.

    Our next encounter with 3 hurricanes in one season (Charley, Frances and Jeanne in 2004), we had just one cat. The newspaper allowed pets to be housed in the building. That was much more comforting.

    My advice – prepare, have emergency supplies of food and water for at least 72 hours, and stay safe.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | August 25, 2012, 10:53 AM
  22. We’ve never been in one, but will be thinking of you. Stay safe!

    Posted by fostrickson | August 25, 2012, 11:18 AM
  23. Stay safe…we are thinking about you!

    Posted by Dogs N Pawz | August 25, 2012, 11:44 AM
  24. Hoping that Isaac leaves you alone!! Max the Quilt Cat posted some great storm preparedness tips on his blog today!
    Be safe!

    Posted by catchatcaren | August 25, 2012, 12:30 PM
  25. Oh Rumpy…too much dramas! Plweeze stay safe! The Painter Pack will be praying and crossing paws for woo and all of Floweda!

    Mya Boo Boo

    Posted by Souls Under the Alter | August 25, 2012, 12:34 PM
  26. THAT is sooooooo scary. I pray that everybuddy will be safe and dry. Pawhaps dig a deep hole and… no that won’t work.. it would just fill up with water.

    Posted by Frankie Furter and Ernie | August 25, 2012, 12:56 PM
  27. Best of luck to you all, we’ll be thinking of you all and praying Isaac dwindles away before landfall.

    Posted by Candace | August 25, 2012, 1:30 PM
  28. 1. locate a hurricane shelter nearby that accepts pets – if you have gotten a phone book since moving shelter addresses are in the white pages before the normal listings.
    2. have carriers ready for all the pets – they may feel safer in them even if you don’t have to evacuate.
    3. have water and food for at least a 72 hr time period (human and pets)
    4. have all meds and health certificates in a water proof container
    5. have cash on hand – if power goes out atm’s won’t work
    6. charge all wireless devices
    7. keep all the above in something that you can carry if you need to leave the house.
    8. put fresh batteries in the flashlight.
    9. keep the local news on your tv or radio.
    10. fill your gas tank in you vehicle.
    11. stay calm

    We are here too and this is our plan we well keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by PC PHOTO | August 25, 2012, 1:32 PM
  29. Sending positive vibes your way!

    Posted by Margarita | August 25, 2012, 1:50 PM
  30. Praying that all of you weather this storm safely. It sounds like lots of your friends have given you good advice.

    Posted by Bongo | August 25, 2012, 2:44 PM
  31. I think no matter where you live it’s good to have an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Thank goodness, we don’t have to worry about that kind of weather here, and I see everyone has given good advice. I would also say to have current photo’s printed (not just on your phone) with contact info that (worse case scenario), you could utilize if need be. Big hugs, stay safe!

    Posted by Boomdeeadda | August 25, 2012, 2:53 PM
  32. Hi Rumpy – we live here in Florida and are preparing for Isaac too… One thing that is really important to realize, is that most of the accidents and fatalities happen after the storm due to falling debris and live wires that are in flooded areas. It’s best to stay as close to home as you can and don’t go exploring where you could get hurt.

    Posted by Zee and Zoey - Deb Barnes | August 25, 2012, 2:57 PM
  33. We can only imagine what it might be like but our motto is ‘All under the bed together if it gets iffy’. Safe thoughts xxx

    Posted by Animalcouriers | August 25, 2012, 4:01 PM
  34. Oh, no sweet Rumpy we are so sorry that Isaac is coming your way. We have never been in a hurricane so we have no idea what you should do but we sure hope you can find someone to give you good advice. We can tell you this though we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers for your safety. Hugs and nose kisses

    Posted by Chancy and Mumsy | August 25, 2012, 4:40 PM
  35. After the Hurricane Katrina debacle, I hope never to see animals abandoned in a natural calamity.

    Posted by Alejandro De La Garza | August 25, 2012, 4:52 PM
  36. Good luck, Rumpydog! You’re a hero!

    Posted by butimbeautiful | August 25, 2012, 5:22 PM
  37. Good luck. Hopefully it will fizzle out before it gets near you. One thing people forget about is to have up to date photos of their pets in case they escape and get lost.


    I also have plenty of mozzie repellent in my cyclone kit and a mozzie net… !

    Posted by Flo | August 25, 2012, 6:07 PM
  38. Stay safe my furriends! We’ll be thinking of you and sending positive purrs.

    Posted by Texas, a cat in New York | August 25, 2012, 9:12 PM
  39. Stay safe!!!! I’ve lived through numerous hurricanes; a fully-charged radio is your best friend…and get local weather and news channels programmed in!

    Posted by Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy | August 25, 2012, 9:53 PM
  40. Lots of good advice above. We are in central Florida and will stay close to home. Been through them before. Will be praying for you all and ourselves as well.
    Keep the tail wagging, Rumpy! You will be fine.

    Posted by Lee | August 25, 2012, 10:19 PM
  41. I can’t imagine how scary that would be Rumpy. Make sure you give Jen loads of loves – she must be exhausted! Thinking of you all and hoping you don’t need to evacuate. x

    Posted by bumpyroadtobubba | August 25, 2012, 10:24 PM
  42. Hey Rumpy, Jet here. Hi Miss Jen.

    Miss Linda and my bestest feline friend, Savvy, asked us to help you with ideas. Sorry we’re late, we’ve been preparing all day and helping our friends/family. Looking at PC Photo’s list above, they’ve got you covered.

    The few additions we would make:
    1. Have a person out of state to act as your contact person. You will call that one person and keep them posted and everyone else can communicate with them.
    2. If you can put your car in a garage, that’s great, if not, get as close to a wall as possible. If you have a garage, find out if you have an emergency release which will allow you to manually open/close. I do, however, it costs me about 75 dollars for them to come out and put the garage back on the track.
    3. If you have an old fashioned land line phone (not cordless), this is good, sometimes those phones stay active longer.
    4. We know you are brand new to your environment, see if you can make an acquaintance, usually, people are really nice and quite helpful during a storm. This way, someone knows you exist. Also, afterwards, they may have resources you need. Usually, people bbq and share, pot luck style… they empty their freezers!
    5. Find out if your have well water, or requires electric to get to you, if so, stock up more water than otherwise.
    6. There are usually runs on toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic cutlery… keep that in mind…
    7. Besides turning off electrical appliances and tech stuff, UNPLUG them, as lightening can enter the house and fry the equipment. (don’t understand this exactly, just trust me!) I will do this after writing to you! I will reconnect tomorrow a.m. for a short time and then leave unplugged until storm passes.
    8. As PC said, keep all important papers, deed, lease, insurance stuff, in ziploc in case of water issues.
    9. Also, I do not know what your new job entails, usually there are calling trees to inform you as to whether office is open, state of affairs, etc…
    10. Take photos/video of any valuables, like art, furniture, etc… to show insurance adjusters before/after, to avoid claims of fraud… after Hurricane Andrew, people sprayed their furniture, flooded their cars, and other naughty stuff to get new items, we were quite upset by it, since we were honest.

    Don’t get overwhelmed, do what you can. I have not been able to do everything either. We do our best. People really step up during these events. We met most of our neighbors after Andrew!

    Jen, there are usually hurricane checklists and kits online to download if you want to make sure we haven’t left things out.

    Posted by heyitsjethere | August 25, 2012, 10:30 PM
  43. I do hope Isaac passes you by Rumpy. I see from the comments that you now have some very useful lists and tips. Stay safe and keep in touch.

    Posted by Bassas Blog | August 25, 2012, 10:41 PM
    • Ditto on lots of good advice posted all over here.
      It looks like you may get lots of loud rain and louder scary winds. Crates for security- so you know where they are(mousies not optional). Blankies – and arms hugging snuggly mandated for Rumpy.
      Watch your neighbors who are long term residents for clues as to what to expect and what needs to be done.
      With animals, avoid candles ( makes it hot anyway)- a crank flashlight or glow sticks are good when batteries run out.
      Be freezing 2 liter bottles in freezer – to maintain temps, emergency water – and to put feet and fur on after storm and it’s hot. Put plastic sheet in tub and fill with water (to flush with and other) – cover with plastic and secure door so pets can’t fall in!.
      Lots of litter, newspapers to use – and lots of big heavy garbage bags!
      Looks like you will miss the worst – but loud storms are scary!
      (RC really staring out window concentrating her purring to keep the worst away from you…she takes care of her own….and ya’ll have been adopted.)

      Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | August 27, 2012, 1:25 PM
  44. I sure hope that evil Isaac leaves you all alone pal!

    Posted by Brian | August 26, 2012, 10:20 AM
  45. Hey Rumpy and Jen, Jet provided some great tips.
    1.Really important is contacting someone like a relative who is not in the area that may be affected. They would be your point of contact for all other relatives to call so you don’t have to call everyone to give them updates on your status. If hurricane hits your area, you will have more important things to do than call family to tell them what’s going on. The Red Cross also has a website to register as safe: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing

    2. Have a plan for where you will take Rumpy if you need to evacuate. Shelters do not generally allow furkids to stay in human shelters. Do not leave Rumpy at home planning to go back for him in a day or two. If your home is in an area that floods, authorities may not permit residents to go back for an undetermined amount of time for safety purposes. If you have friends/relatives in an area that will not be affected, ask if they can keep him.

    We will be thinking of you. Stay safe!

    Posted by radcliffdeafdog | August 26, 2012, 10:29 AM
  46. You are certainly being challenged…all of you. Here is a link to an online friend of mine in Florida who has written a post on preparing for Isaac. She is a very sensible and practical person and I thought her precautions might help you.


    Posted by Sandra Bell Kirchman | August 26, 2012, 12:33 PM
  47. You guys are certainly getting your fair share of challenges lately. Here is a link to the post an online friend of mine living in Florida about the precautions and preparations she is making to prepare for Isaac. She is a very sensible and practical person and I think her suggestions might be helpful. The name of her blog is Spirit Lights the Way.


    Posted by Sandra Bell Kirchman | August 26, 2012, 12:38 PM
  48. I have tried to post this three times and it just disappears. One more try.

    Here is a link to a post by an online friend of mine who lives in Florida. It’s called “Better Safe Than Sorry” and lists her precautions and preparations for Isaac. She is a very sensible and practical person and I think this post might be of use to you. (By the way, the name of her site is Spirit Lights the Way.)

    Good luck, all of you.

    Sandra (mom of Ling Ling, Oreo, and Tilly Tot)

    Posted by Sandra Bell Kirchman | August 26, 2012, 12:43 PM
  49. We will be praying for you! ❤

    Posted by jlee5879 | August 26, 2012, 6:45 PM
  50. oh rumpy i hope you and jen and your humans are safe! i was here to tell you that i nominated you for the super sweet blogging award. please let us here know how you are.

    Posted by raven's witch | August 27, 2012, 2:22 AM
  51. I hope the storm isn’t too bad for you!

    Posted by Clowie | August 27, 2012, 3:31 AM
  52. how fearful… I am glad to hear that it left you now dear Jenny. Have a nice week, love, nia

    Posted by niasunset | August 27, 2012, 6:44 AM
  53. Gladly – it seems to be passing southern Florida … but alas, heading to south Louisiana and Mississippi. Keeping all in prayer.

    Posted by becca givens | August 27, 2012, 12:41 PM
  54. I’m assuming by now you’re all fine with worries behind you…I hope so, because I would worry about all the pets, too, and the humans! My dog, Copper, says “woof!” 🙂

    Posted by lscotthoughts | September 8, 2012, 11:16 AM


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