It is important that hurricane-prone populations be prepared for the next storm season. From an emergency plan to ensure you’ve got an emergency kit ready, to learning in advance what emergency numbers to contact and where you’ll be leaving your closest storm shelter. Unfortunately, too frequently, when it comes to storm protection, people ignore their animals. And don’t leave your dogs at home when you evacuate, whatever you do. Your pet has a low and rare chance of surviving a storm. If it’s not safe for you, your pets won’t be safe. A plan of emergency for your dogs in the case of a storm is important, and your strategy entails your pets moving to safety.
In the case of a storm, you will most likely not be permitted to bring your pet if you are asked to evacuate to a shelter. Although the Red Cross and several other shelters will accept animal service with their owners, many shelters will deny entry. It is thus necessary to prepare your pet in advance, rather than to remain in a safe spot during a storm.
According to the Emergency Management Division of Florida, more and more municipalities are establishing animal-friendly housing plans. The trick is to study in advance and find out if your animal is accepted by local shelters. If you can’t find a pet-friendly refuge, the next step is to contact hotels or motels outside the region to see their pet rules and if they would waive a policy of “no pets” in the event of an emergency. You may also wish to call your vet to see if they have any recommendations. Make sure you have a list of animal-friendly resources with telephone numbers and addresses when researching. If you have a storm and you have to leave, you’re grateful for the list.
Next, an emergency pack should be provided for your pet too. Like any emergency kit, pet kits should be pre-assembled, kept in an easy position near the exit (with your emergency kit also preferably) and ready for use. Kits for animals should comprise significant papers such as medicine, first aid kit, food, bowls, toys, pet beds, cleaning, cassettes, flashlights, and mobile water. Please note that for at least one week, you should reserve adequate food and water. When you set away food, either set aside a tube or buy the easy-skin cans if your animal likes canned food. Make sure that you put these things apart if your pet has particular needs, such as cat litter, litter box, heat light, salt lick, pine bedding, etc. You should be aware of the fact that if your pet is a bird, you still want a blanket ready to leave, so that your cage may be covered to prevent stress during travel. Keep all goods in a solid, readily transportable, waterproof container. It is also vital to preserve the picture of your pet in the bin if your pet is misplaced. It is essential that your pet’s emergency pack is ready for notification. One element of your emergency pack which does not belong in your trash is to securely attach your current contact information, if possible, to your pet’s collar or leg (birds). You may wish to identify your pet’s cage if you have birds, tiny animals, or reptiles. If you are separated from your pet, emergency teams can contact you using the information on your pet’s collar. Finally, obtain an Alert Sticker for Rescue. You may receive a free sticker by completing an online form by visiting the ASPCA online.
The next step is to keep educated when you have a pet emergency kit and a list of animal resources ready to go. Keep track of any near hazards by listening to TV, radio or online weather information. If you want to give an evacuation notice, you generally have some time to take yourself, your family, and your pets to a secure area. If you hear of an oncoming hurricane, phone your animal shelter or hotel in advance to confirm your shelter plans. Even if you’re not at home, it is vital to keep all your pets with you and indoors. In the case of an evacuation order coming during your time away from home, it is important to have a contact, such as a neighbor or a friend, who can pick up your animals and meet you in a different area.
You may want to think about what you can do to keep your pet peaceful during a hurricane, in addition to having your resources ready. Several natural treatments are now available to help your pet stay stressed. Products like Bach’s Flower Remedies or NaturVet Quiet Moments gel are useful for anxious dogs and cats. You may wish to buy some “keep them busy” treatments while your animals are being treated during a hurricane.
If there is the potential for a storm, the best strategy is to go with your pet to a safe location. If you can’t find a pet-friendly shelter, you might need to leave the region and evacuate to a safe location where your pet can stay.
In addition to this post, helpful resources are also available for animal owners on the websites of FEMA and the ASPCA. You can never get too much information in case of a hurricane or catastrophe evacuation, particularly if you are a pet owner. Our animals rely on us to look after them and protect them. All pet owners may ensure that their pets are kept safe during a hurricane with planning and awareness.