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Evacuating With Rabbits

What to prepare and have ready when it's time to evacuate with your rabbits.

Supplies:

  • Hay
  • Food pellets
  • Drinkable water
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Any meds the buns require plus applicators
  • Lots of fresh, clean towels or blankets
    (you will need to replace them as the buns pee on them)
  • Favorite toys
  • Treats
  • Carriers
    and, if there is room, cages or Xpens in case there is no rabbit-friendly area where you end up, and you don't want them spending days and days inside their carriers.
  • Pet Rescue Remedy
  • Litter box, along with whatever you use as litter
  • Trash bags (for storing the dirty blankets/towels) and paper towels, which are just generally useful

I would make sure to bring more hay, food, and water than you think you'll need, just in case.

Specific Emergencies

A great, general starting place for getting prepared is the READY.GOV site. Thank you for the tip, Lori!

Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit: A great list of additional resources!

Tornado

  • Bun in the carrier!
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Source: ready.gov - Tornados

Monica, the hoomin servant of Peaches, shared with us a story of how they took cover from a tornado in the baftub. Peaches in the carrier, of course.

1 comment:

  1. We have evacuated from wildfires twice with rabbits, once in 2000 and once in 2010. The first thing that I suggest people do is to get on the internet and find out which Motels will take rabbits. Most of them do. Bring your cell phone with you, and call ahead ASAP to make reservations. Remember, there are a lot of people doing the same thing you are, and it helps to be at the front of the line rather than at the end of the line.
    A second thing I suggest is that you shouldn't leave town if it is possible that a wildfire is going to hit your community. I know some people who went shopping out of town right before a wildfire hit our community, They left their dog at home, and the town went under evacuation notice. They couldn't go back home to pick up the dog because the town was closed. The dog had to fend for itself for a couple of weeks. When they got back, the dog was so out of control that they had to have it put down. Keep your bunnies close to you.
    Finally, one difference between wildfires and hurricanes is that generally you don't have "wildfire damage". You either get away unscathed or you lose everything. Consequently, when you are deciding what to take, start with things you can't replace (photo albums, family heirlooms, birth certificates, etc.). Monetary value isn't the most important thing here. Sentimental value is.

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