We all want to do everything we possible can to protect our pets should a hurricane strike. To help you prepare we have put together the following checklist:
- Identify pet friendly evacuation locations. Write them down and keep them with your disaster kit. Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your pets. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency. Practice loading your pets into carriers and then into your vehicle.
- Prepare an emergency kit for each pet. Stock up on the items you may possible need during a disaster now so you are not unprepared. Some basic items you should keep in your disaster kit are: A) A one-week supply of food in a water-proof container. If you use canned food include a manual can opener. B) Drinkable water, bowls, cat litter/pan. C) A first aid kit for your pets. D) Photos of your pet in case you need to make “lost pet” fliers and photos of you with your pet to prove ownership if necessary. E) Medications that your pets may need and medical records including vaccine history stored in a waterproof container. F) Carriers and/or leashes for each pet.
- Microchip your pets. This is the single best way to reunite lost pets with owners. Be sure to keep the microchip registration current and always include at least one emergency number of a friend or relative who resides out of your immediate area.
- Plan for temporary confinement. Physical structures may be destroyed during a disaster. Have a plan for keeping your pet safely confined.
- Know where to search for your pet should he become lost. Keep a list of the locations and phone numbers of the shelters in your area.
- Pet bed and /or toys if easily transportable.
HELP EMERGENCY WORKERS HELP YOUR PETS
Use a rescue sticker alert to let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers and that it includes the types and number of pets in your household and your veterinarians phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets and time permits write “EVACUATED” across the stickers so rescue workers don’t waste time looking for them.