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Weather Prepared Pet Prepared

Justin Brotton - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Plan to take your pets with you in an evacuation. If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for them either.

 

Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no-pet policies could be waived in an emergency.

Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters.

Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers.

Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.

Include your pets in evacuation drills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly.

Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up- to-date identification. Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease.

Consider having your pet “microchipped” by your veterinarian.

 

What Should You Do?

Assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for your pets.Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers so that they can be carried easily. Your kit should include—

Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape.

Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener.

Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container.

A first aid kit.

Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion.

Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.

Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

For information on disaster planning and emergency actions to take for livestock, horses, birds, reptiles or other small animals, such as gerbils or hamsters, please visit RedCross.org, the Humane Society of the United States (www.HSUS.org) or Ready.gov.

 

(This information was gathered from weather.com/safety.)

 

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