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Top 5 Things to Consider When Evacuating with Your Pet for a Hurricane

  • 4 September 2018
  • Author: Miranda
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Top 5 Things to Consider When Evacuating with Your Pet for a Hurricane

When a hurricane is approaching the area where you live, your mind immediately starts to go through the drill: Do we stay or do we go? Where are we going to go? What do we have to do before we leave the house? What do we have to take with us? How long will we be gone?

If you live in the Gulf Coast region or on the Eastern seaboard, no doubt you have experienced the dread and the drama of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane. If you reside in the designated cone of the possible landfall, and you feel vulnerable to the effects of the storm, chances are you are going to evacuate. If you decide that evacuating is the best course of action, then evacuate as early as possible to avoid traffic congestion.

Amidst all the preparation of protecting your property as best as you can and preparing to get yourself and your loved ones to safety, there is one important thing you need to take into consideration: your pets. If it’s not safe for you to remain in your home, it’s not safe for your pets to remain there either. If you leave your pets behind, they may get lost, injured, or worse. Additionally, under no circumstances should you leave your pet chained up outdoors.

When taking your pets into consideration in the event of your evacuation, remember these 5 things:

Plan ahead for accommodations for your family and your pets.
  • •Identify shelters that accept pets.
  • •Locate pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route; keep a list of them in your evacuation kit.
  • •Find a veterinarian with boarding facilities in the area where you will be staying.
  • •Stay with an out-of-town friend or relative.
Provide identification for your pet.
  • •Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and tags with up-to-date identification information such as name, phone number and medical needs.
  • •Have your pet microchipped. Recommended by most veterinarians, microchipping is a permanent way to identify your pet. Keep your microchip registration information current.
Prepare emergency supplies and traveling kits.
  • •One week’s supply of your pet’s regular food stored in airtight, waterproof containers. Bring along a can opener if you need one.
  • •One week’s supply of water for each pet that you are evacuating.
  • •Bowls for food and water.
  • •Crate or pet carrier for each pet, extra collar and leash.
  • •Medicines and medical records, registration information and vaccination documents.
  • •Familiar items such as treats, toys, and bedding.
  • •First aid kit (Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, tweezers and scissors, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, instant cold pack, latex gloves, alcohol and saline solution, proper fitting muzzle, first aid reference book).
  • •Pooper scooper, disposable garbage bags.
  • •Kitty litter, litter box.
  • •Liquid soap, paper towels and disinfectant for cleaning up.
  • •Current picture of you and your pet for identification purposes.
Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and bring a copy of your pet’s medical records.
  • •Most boarding kennels, veterinarians, and animal shelters will need your pet’s medical records to ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are current.
Use the buddy system.
  • •Exchange pet information, evacuation plans and house keys with a few friends or neighbors that you trust. If you are away from home when an evacuation order is issued, your friends or neighbors can evacuate your pet for you.

Evacuating for a storm can be a stressful and scary time for people as well as pets. Planning ahead can make things less stressful for everyone. If your pets become fearful and agitated because of the unfamiliar circumstances and surroundings, they will appreciate your calm presence and the sound of your soothing, familiar voice. You may even find that having your pets nearby is comforting for you too.

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source: Brenda, 3 Sided Media

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