Natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods are out of our control. However, planning for a disaster is something we can all do. Prepare, provide, and protect you and your pets this hurricane season.
Always include your pets in your evacuation plans, and prepare for worst case scenarios. Contact evacuation destinations in advance to learn about pet policies. Always remember to include an alternate emergency contact out of the strike-zone in your pet's emergency supply kit.
The necessities include:
- Keep at least three days of fresh food in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.
Medicines and medical records
- Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.
- All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals. They will not risk the health of safety of other animals regardless of how much pleading you do.
First aid kit
- Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution.
- Include a pet first aid reference book.
- Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency needs.
Collar with ID tag, harness or leash.
- Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times.
- Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag.
- Place copies of your pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clear plastic bag or waterproof container.
- Talk to your veterinarian about permanent identification such a micro-chipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
Crate or other pet carrier.
- Get a portable, secure, and covered pet carrier in advance.
- Carrier should be large enough so that your pet can completely turn around, and lie down.
- Mark your name, address, phone number, and an alternate contact on the carrier.
- Include pet litter, newspapers, towels, plastic trash bags, and household chlorine bleach.
- Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.
- Use 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.
- Know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region as well as emergency plans that have been established by your local state and government.
- For more information about how to prepare, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.