Now that the dog days of summer are past, we are entering hurricane season. This season promises the be an active one. If you’ve lived here a while, you know what preparations you should take if a storm is headed our way. Today I want to talk about what you should do for your pets.
If it becomes necessary to evacuate, pets MUST be taken with you or placed somewhere secure. They must not be left behind because they depend on you for their safety and security. There are a few things that you should consider as you make preparations to evacuate.
Prepare for at least three days for yourself and your pets. Here is a brief list of things to do for your pets:
- Put enough food for at least three days in a waterproof container.
- Store water for your pets as well as your family for three days.
- Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags with your phone number listed and take along a leash for restraining. If you have cats, you should have a carrier ready to go for each cat.
- It is also important to have a picture of you and your pet together that will help identify your pet if you get separated.
- Take your certificate of vaccination for each pet. Shelters may not let you in without proof of rabies vaccination.
- If you have a crate for your dog, take that with you if you can.
- Take whatever you need to make sure your pet can go potty. Take poop bags to pick up after your dog and take a litter box for your cat.
- Take familiar items with you: a favorite toy, treats or bedding to comfort your pet in a strange and stressful environment.
- Medications for your pets (and yourself) should be gathered together and taken with you.
All of this is just saying make a plan ahead of time. Last minute panic or stress will cause you to forget some vital something.
For a complete and detailed plan for hurricane evacuation with your pets, go to www.ready.gov.
Good luck to all of us.