PICAYUNE — RedRover.org has put together a list of needs for reptiles and amphibian owners to use in the event of an evacuation. But they advise, “There are greatly varied needs which come with different species of reptiles and amphibians, owners should be familiar with their particular species to know which of the items listed apply to them.” Recommended items are: A two-week supply of feeders/prey items if fed; a two-week supply of water, stored in a cool, dark location. Rotate every two months to ensure freshness; a two-week supply of pelleted food if fed, stored in an airtight, waterproof container and rotated every three months for freshness; food and water source for feeders; baby food or fruits and vegetables stored in their own juice or in water, with a can opener if needed; an ice chest and cool packs to store frozen prey items; calcium and/or vitamin supplementation if needed; dechlorinator for water; tongs for feeding; and water/food dishes. They add, “Baby food and canned fruits and vegetables are a great substitute when fresh produce is not available. However, avoid those with added salt or sugar. Many reptiles and amphibians eat live or frozen/thawed prey. Consider the care and nutrition of the prey animals when making family disaster plans. “Most reptiles and amphibians can be transported in a small, hard-sided carrier, but snakes are normally more secure and safe in a knotted-off pillowcase. Bring your own extension cords to make use of power outlets, but prepare to provide heat without power.” With transportation in mind, RedRover recommends including the following in a ready bag: Carrier or evacuation cage if the existing enclosure is too large to transport; small enclosure with a secure lid for when destination is reached; a heat source; a thermometer/hygrometer; supplemental lighting; extension cords; substrate and hides. “Identification needs are more challenging for some owners than others but there is still the option to microchip in larger reptiles and amphibians. Photos of pets and owners together as well as one highlighting distinguishing marks or features are encouraged,” says Khalessi. In addition to photos, it is also recommended to keep a two-week supply of any medication, first aid kit including antibiotic ointment, Betadine solution for cleansing and disinfecting, gauze for cuts and wounds, cornstarch to stop minor bleeding, tweezers and scissors and Q-tips. “Ask your vet for other recommendations,” says Khalessi. “Also, an appetite stimulant such as Reptaid can come in handy if your reptile or amphibian stops eating due to the stress of the emergency. Spray bottles are handy for misting the enclosure to ensure appropriate humidity. Instant hot and cold packs are great for regulating the temperature of the enclosure during a power outage. “Hygiene items to consider are liquid soap for washing food and water bowls, paper towels, and disinfectant for cleaning crates and carriers. Be sure to rinse all dishes/enclosures well, as reptiles and amphibians are sensitive to chemicals ingested or absorbed through the skin.” For horse owners, the Khalessi says, “Disaster packs should be made for each horse. A one-week supply of the food or special feed your horse is used to eating should be stored in an airtight, waterproof container and rotate every three months to ensure freshness. A one-week supply of water, stored in a cool, dark location in 50-gallon barrels is recommended. Understand that if tap water is not suitable for humans to drink during a disaster, it is also not suitable for animals to drink either. Keep extra feeding and water buckets on hand.” Maintaining a clean environment for horses during a disaster minimizes the threat of disease. She recommends a one-week supply of dry shavings to be spread out in the horse's stall along with a pitch fork, wheelbarrow and/or muck bucket. Khalessi says, “Identification is important for horses, just as any other pet. Options for identification can include: Permanent identification like microchipping, tattoos or freeze branding. There are also temporary, easily-visible identification, such options as: Using a livestock crayon and write your name, phone number and address on the horse; using clippers to shave the owner’s name, address and phone number in the horse's coat; braiding into the horse's mane an ID tag with owner name, address and phone number; using temporary identification tags that allow owners to write their temporary location on in case their horse is separated from them; current pictures of owners with their horse to prove ownership if they are separated; also a copy of the Bill of Sale or other documentation that can prove ownership.” For the horses health and safety, Khalessi recommends, “Keep your horse up-to-date on vaccinations, especially tetanus, as disasters increase the risk of getting cut; keep their medical and vaccination records in a waterproof container along with a copy of their current Coggins certificate. Keep a two-week supply of any long-term medication your horse is taking. “Keep a first aid kit containing cotton and cotton rolls, disposable surgical gloves, vet wraps, duct tape, telfa pads, Betadine, instant cold packs, easy boot, diapers, Furazone, scissors, Blue Lotion and tweezers. Ask their veterinarian what else to include.” Because horses are so large, significant advanced planning is required to evacuate and shelter them temporarily in case of disaster. Khalessi says, “If the owner doesn't have a trailer or enough trailer space for the number of horses they have, they should make other arrangements for transporting your horse(s) in advance. Identifying friends or relatives who could help, or transportation services available for hire. “Also, the time it takes to move a horse is much longer than it takes to put smaller pets in carriers and put them in their car. Owners must allow extra time for this, to get the animals to safety.” Training horses to tether, to become familiar with boarding and being in a trailer if only for disaster evacuation situations should be part of a regular routine, advises RedRover. “There needs to be available a horse trailer and a truck that can safely pull it, in case of evacuation. Conduct periodic safety checks of the the floor of the trailer, the trailer hitch, tires and lights. There should be enough rope to tie out each horse in case the owner doesn't have access to a stable. The halter and lead rope should be made of material preferably not made of nylon, which can melt in the event of a fire.” Pre-identify locations where horses can board, such as equine centers, boarding stables, racetracks, and fairgrounds. In addition to this RedRover suggests, “Set up a ‘buddy system’ with a fellow horse owner to enable you to evacuate each other's animals, if one of you is out of town, when disaster strikes.” Both organizations agree that no matter what type of pet you have, it is better to plan ahead and be prepared for times of potential evacuation. The stress relief alone makes it worthwhile to all involved.
United Way, library offer free programs for children
The United Way of South Mississippi (UWSM) has issued a press release stating that it now has more than 500 children enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children.
Christmas on the Rails and Shop by Candlelight recap
Christmas on the Rails has come and gone for 2013, but what remains are lots of happy memories for all who attended the event, in spite of inclement weather earlier in the day. The event combined Picayune Main Street Shop by Candlelight and Greater Picayune Art Council’s Art Works.
Picayune Community Spotlight: Picayune Police Department
The Picayune Police Department has had a year of progress in the war on drugs, 911 capability and high visibility which in no small part has been due to focus on goals; cooperation of city officials and community support and departmental commitment— for example, everyone received the Chief’s Award from Police Chief Bryan Dawsey at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Parker brings Christmas to 95 children
Cathryn Paker has spent all year diligently working on giftboxes for children she will never see. On Thursday, for the fifth consecutive year, she presented those 95 giftboxes for children in need to Christian Care Ministries on behalf of herself and her church, St. Barnabus Anglican Church.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
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