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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.
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.