Perhaps a little off topic, but still a neat story...
House Passes Pet Evacuation Bill:
The bill, which passed 349-24, requires that state and local preparedness offices take into account pet owners, household pets and service animals when drawing up evacuation plans. Offices that fail to do so would not qualify for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Ha! Excellent. I saw some of the photos of what happened to animals after Katrina, so this makes me really happy.