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Old 03-02-2014, 12:35 AM   #1
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Do you have emergency plan?

Part of my role at work has been the development & maintenance of an Emergency Preparedness plan, working with our patients & the city to ensure that everyone is safe in the event of emergency.

It got me thinking about how I would manage my own household during an emergency. As all of us know parrots have different needs than cats or dogs, so I started doing some research to see what was recommended when I came across this article. I found it fairly interesting and I could see how this might work. Figured I would share with the rest of you and also see if anyone else has any other ideas.

http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/how-t...-have-seconds/
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:56 AM   #2
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Always good to think about these things
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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Very good information and it gets you thinking about an evacuation! I think I'll get that pillow case ready and near the bird cage.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:37 AM   #4
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Great Reminder to all of us to plan evacuation for our animals.
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Great reminder ! So often pets seem to be forgotten in times of crisis .
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:16 AM   #6
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I always keep an extra bags of seed and Roudybush and keep travel cages set up and ready to go. I started doing this after living in an apartment building that had a fire and needed to be evacuated. I was lucky to have super tame birds that liked hanging out in my shirt. I just stuffed them in and left. The birds never knew their home was in danger. Now I just keep everything handy just in case.

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I like the idea of the pillowcase because birds are so sensitive to smoke/fumes. It wouldn't prevent full exposure since obviously they are able to breathe through it, but I think it would at least filter out a lot and limit their exposure. My rationale being that smoke/fumes/toxins are heavier than air, so would be more difficult to penetrate the cloth.

Adding to it, I am going to get a small gym/duffle bag put together with a few essentials and keep that with the travel cages. I already cleared a space under the hutch in the "bird/school/foyer room" (not sure what you call this area since it serves all purposes lol).

Making myself a list of what to include (other than the actual travel cage & pillowcases), please feel free to add to the list if you have an essential item I may not have thought of. There should be sufficient quantities to last 1 week. I've worked 2 disasters before and I know how difficult it can be trying to get supplies, so I want to make certain that I would have enough to last for a little bit.

1. Bottled Water
2. Seed/Pellets
3. Millet~ if stressed they may not eat anything else or you may need it to coax the bird out.
4. Other food~for my birds this would be a small bag pine nuts & sunflower seeds. These are crack for my birds~ never leave home without them.
5. Food Dishes~at least 2 (food & water), although you could put seed in your hand, sprinkled on floor & use bottle cap to hold water if needed.
6. Towel~ I cover my birds at night, so a towel to cover travel carrier would be needed
7. Toys~ Birds are easily stressed, will need a few small toys to help them manage changes in their environment, otherwise you may find yourself with a bird who starts plucking. I plan to include a minimum of 1 hanging toy & 2 shredders for every 3 birds.
8. Cleaning supplies~ pkg of travel wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels (taken off roll and folded), toothbrush (or other sm brush to scrub bowls/cage etc)
9. Documentation Folder~ small notebook or folder that has hard copies of pet's history, vet information & 2 emergency contacts for someone who has experience with birds and who could provide temporary shelter if needed.

** Alternative to #9 would be to keep this information electronically stored, using program such as dropbox or similar and then you could simply access from your mobile phone. The problem with this though is that depending on the emergency phone lines may be down or limited and you could lose phone, forget to charge it or something, so hard copy would be needed.
10. Medications/Medical supplies~ any routine prescriptions, vitamins, quick stop powder, syringe/eye dropper.
11. Money~ amount will vary for each of us, but i'm thinking $50 in small denominations.

This is all very similar to my families "go bag". Each family member has small backpack filled with essentials for 72 hrs. I have a larger "family" backpack which carries additional supplies since my children can't carry overly large/heavy packs.

You should check your emergency kits a minimum of every 6 months, but some recommend every 3 months. You will want to rotate the food/water so that it doesn't expire or get moldy.

I'll post some photos once I have everything set up.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:08 AM   #8
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This is absolutely fantastic. Thank you SO much for posting.

I live in Arizona where fires happen fairly often. Now while I live a fair bit south from where they most commonly happen, I shouldn't assume I'm safe. This post REALLY made me think. Thank you!
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You've covered everything I could think of except for a plastic grocery bag. My PeeWee would only recall to my rattling a plastic bag.
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Great suggestion mawahr!
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