Hurricanes are powerful tropical storms that can leave destruction in their path and can endanger your household. Although there is nothing we can do to prevent hurricanes, we can be better prepared to improve our chances for a safe outcome. When preparing for a disaster, it is important to plan for our four-legged family members. Here are some essential hurricane safety tips to help you prepare and keep your pets safe during a hurricane.
One of the most crucial steps you can take to stay safe during a hurricane is to stay informed about the storm’s progress and listen for any updates from your local authorities. Monitor local news and weather reports and make sure to have a reliable source of information, such as a battery-powered radio or NOAA Weather Radio. Pay attention to evacuation orders and follow the instructions of local officials.
Make sure all pets, even indoor only cats, have identification. Collars with ID tags and microchips are essential. During emergencies pets often get lost. Having an ID tag and microchip can help reunite you with your lost pet.
Most people know that they should have an emergency kit, but pets also need one. What do you need to make a pet disaster kit?
1. A container to store all the supplies.
A duffel bag or backpack is ideal because they are easy to carry in case you need to evacuate. Be sure to store your disaster kits in a location where it is easily accessible. Choose a color that will make your duffle bag or backpack easy to find and identify.
2. Food and water
The American Red Cross recommends you include a two-week supply of food and water in your disaster kit. Be sure you include bowls as well as a can opener (if using canned food). I really like the Bella Roma travel bowls by Loving Pets because they are lightweight, collapsible food and water bowls that don’t take up a lot of space.
3. Toys & Treats
Include your pet’s favorite treats and toys in the kit. Many frightened animals will hide during a disaster and will not want to come out of their hiding place. Having your pet’s favorite treat or toy may be what you need to entice your fearful pet out of hiding and into safety. Toys also come in handy if you need something to entertain your pet while you are waiting out the storm somewhere.
4. Leash or Carrier
Be sure to include a leash (preferably one that is reflective) for dogs or a pet carrier for cats or small dogs so that you can safely secure and transport your pet without risking that they will run away and get lost.
Be sure to include any medications that your pet is currently taking, including flea, tick and heartworm preventatives. You may not be able to go to your veterinarian during an emergency so have extra supplies available.
6. First aid kit
Include a pet first aid booklet and first aid supplies in case your pet gets injured and you cannot access a veterinarian.
7. Important documents
Pack a copy of your pet’s important medical records, including vaccination history and microchip information. Include a recent photo of your pet and your adoption papers to prove ownership. Also include a list of important phone numbers, such as your veterinarian, local pet emergency clinic, and boarding facilities.
8. Cat Litter & Litter Box
If you have cats, make sure you have a small litter box and small box or bag of litter ready to go. If you have to spend the night in a hotel or shelter you will need someplace for your feline friend to relieve themselves. Store these items next to your disaster kit.
Be Ready to Evacuate
If local authorities issue an evacuation order, it’s important to follow their instructions and leave the area immediately! Grab your disaster kits, locate your animals, secure them using either a leash or carrier and then get yourself, your family and your pets to a safe location. Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate, as roads may become congested or even impassable as the storm approaches.
If you are not required to evacuate, be sure all your pets are with you inside. Take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of your home. Stay away from windows and doors and avoid using candles, as they can pose a fire risk. Use a battery-powered radio to stay informed about the storm’s progress and any updates from local authorities.
Stay safe after the storm After the storm has passed, stay alert for any potential hazards, such as downed power lines, flooded roads, and weakened structures. Don’t return to your home until local officials have declared it safe to do so. If you have evacuated, wait for instructions from local authorities before returning home.
If your pets manage to get lost or you need help finding a place to stay with your pets call your local animal shelter for information. If your pet has a medical emergency, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic.
In conclusion, hurricanes can be dangerous and life-threatening, the best way to stay safe is to be prepared. Make sure all pets have identification, prepare an emergency kit for you and your pets, stay informed during bad weather and be ready to evacuate with your pets if necessary.
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