re: Pets - Contact your local emergency management office and find out information about pet-friendly shelters. Find out requirements, what kind of animals they take (many will only take cats and dogs), paperwork you'll need for your pet, etc. In the wake of Katrina, many localities now offer some pet-friendly shelters. Be advised -- they may fill up faster than normal, meaning you might have to evacuate sooner than you would normally expect.
re: Generators - NOW is the time to pull it out, start it, make sure the gas tank is full. Do not wait until a declared emergency to try to get it fixed! NEVER RUN A GENERATOR IN AN ENCLOSED SPACE SUCH AS A GARAGE OR ON A PORCH WITH AN OVERHANG! Also, unless you have had it professionally set-up so you can do it, NEVER connect your generator to your home's electrical system! You can actually risk harming power company workers if power backs up through the lines outside your home.
-------------------- Lesli in SWFL.
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