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Open Shutter to the Past: San Francisco in Pictures – Woman with Dog at SF Refugee Camp (1906)

Welcome back to Photo Friday – my little way of taking a break from San Francisco Real Estate and instead blogging about our great City’s past instead. All photos are published with permission from the San Francisco History Center and San Francisco Public Library.

It’s been a light week for me this week in terms of posting – and I hope my lack of blogging hasn’t disappointed the few loyal readers I have out there. It’s been a busy week for me, both personally and professionally, and since I do all of the blogging myself here (except for the occasional guest blogger), I have had to put the blog to the side a bit. But I promise I’ll be back next week with the usual “Over, Under, At” feature as well as my random thoughts on San Francisco Real Estate and San Francisco Living.
For now though, here’s this week’s Photo Friday – it’s a woman at a refugee camp after the earthquake in 1906 with a pet dog and several caged birds.
On the back of the photo the caption: “She saved her birds and dog – nothing else.”
Which brings me to a very important topic – being prepared for an emergency, and that includes having a pet emergency plan.
From the American Red Cross website:

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse. So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.

The thing to keep in mind is that Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states’ health and safety regulations and other considerations. That means if you are someone that, like me, will NOT let go of your pets under any circumstances and would rather find a way to ride out a disaster on your own, your plan better be THAT much more thorough.
And while California Law does require the state to have a Pet Disaster Plan in place, your best course of action is to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family, and of course, your pets (in my family, my pets ARE the family!)
Here is a list of resources, that in addition to the American Red Cross website, can help you put together a comprehensive emergency plan that includes all of those that are near and near to your heart.
And you better believe that if I only had time to save that which is most important to me, it would be my pets – and fast forward 100+ years – it’d be me in that photo with just my dogs, and my fish.
I hope you have a safe and fun weekend – and I promise to catch up with the blog postings in the following week.