We live in a 3-story stacked townhouse, where our bedroom is on the 3rd floor and the garage is on the ground floor. Almost everything related to escaping or surviving in a hurray is located in our garage (which still needs to be better organized) but I’ve thought a lot about what if we can’t access the garage for some weird reason.
In our spare bedroom (that was converted into my amazing walk-in closet), I keep a durable snowboarding backpack with a few important items: band-aids, granola bars, ear plugs, chapstick, batteries, tissues, hand warmers, safety pins, swiss army knife, etc. It’s all very light stuff, and since it’s located near our bedrooms we could shove in a few extra things, if needed (including a cat). In the bedroom, I keep another snowboarding backpack handy with gloves, hats, goggles, a multi-tool, emergency blanket, etc. It has less space, but has lots of clippy strappy things to attach heavier items to carry on your back. Next to the backpack is our biggest flashlight (mostly there because the power goes out a few times every winter).
If there is a disaster where we have to hole up in our house for an extended period of time, we could make it maybe a month based on the bin of emergency food and water I have stored. Obviously, everyone’s house has a lot of things that can be utilized; but if we suddenly had to go on the move, that’s where the complications set in. I know that Thor and I could quickly grab our emergency packs, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CATS?!?!?!?! Really. I think about this everyday.
We have two cat carriers: one for Rocket, and one for Wedge and Bandit to share. Will we REALLY be carrying these freaking things along with us on foot? It would be cumbersome and heavy. I loathe the idea of searching the internet for ideas on how people have transported their pets during emergencies because I’m surely going to come across many depressing stories…but it seems like I need to face facts. A dog is one thing, but cats are a whole other set of issues.
Their food is HEAVY!
They will run away!
Where will they go to the bathroom?
Am I totally delusional to think they could come with us?
Have any of you thought about this? What would you do????