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Protect Your Pet with Early Preparation

A guide to pre-hurricane pet preparation

Your pets are a valuable part of your family. And during a hurricane, you want to keep all members of your family safe. This includes pets. Here are a few tips to remember about how to include them as you prepare for an upcoming storm.
 
In an evacuation situation, FEMA urges you not to leave your pets behind. Call your veterinarian ahead of a storm to get advice and information on the best way to evacuate with your pet. Many storm shelters provide pet-friendly options. But in the event they don’t, there are plenty of animal shelters available. Your local emergency management office should be able to put you in touch with animal shelters that will be staffed during the storm.
 
Storms can be unpredictable, however, and approach quickly. If you must leave your pet at home, there are things you can do to keep them safe while you are away.

  • Bring them inside, and do not tie them up.
  • Have newspapers or pads on hand and laid out for when nature calls.
  • Keep cats and dogs separated. Even if they get along normally storms can cause pets to act irrationally.
  • Leave out enough dry food and fresh water for one week.
  • Have a landline and answering machine on loud available to call your pets while you are gone. A familiar voice will keep them calm while you are away.
  • If you board up your home, leave an exit for your pet to use, if necessary such as a cracked screen,
When building your emergency kit before the storm, it’s wise to build one for your pet as well. This kit should include:
  • Medical records including vaccinations in a waterproof container
  • Medications
  • A photo of your pet
  • A pet first-aid kit. It should include gauze, scissors, sterile saline eyewash, dish soap, rectal thermometer, petroleum jelly, and treats.
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers
  • Written information about eating schedules or behavioral habits
  • The phone number of you and your veterinarian
  • One week supply of food and fresh water
Following these tips will ensure your pets are as safe as possible until the storm passes and you are reunited.

 

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Now that you’ve created a safety plan for you and your pet, follow these steps to create a plan for you and your family.