June 1st marked the beginning of another hurricane season for Floridians and other states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. If there’s one important takeaway from storms like Andrew, Harvey, Katrina, and others it’s that we need to make the safety of our pets a priority in the event of a natural disaster. Being prepared before the landfall of a storm will help to avoid any chaos and confusion once the storm has passed.
Take care of Your Pets During a Hurricane
To ensure the safety of your pets during a hurricane, you have the following choices:
- If you stay at home, keep them inside
- If you evacuate, take them with you (crate, leash, food + water with you)
- Place them in a reputable kennel
- Leave them with family members or friends that you trust
Furthermore, make sure to pre-register well in advance if you’re planning on staying in a pet-friendly shelter. No matter what you do or where you go, DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Follow these guidelines to ensure their safety and well-being:
- If you plan to stay home – make sure they’re wearing a color with their ID tags. Get them microchipped if you haven’t already. The raging winds and charged air can make them unsettled and nervous. Keep them indoors and make sure they’re comfortable before, during, and after the hurricane.
- If you plan to evacuate – put together an emergency kit that contains the necessities such as medical records, medications, pet food, water, and water bowls. Bring their collar and ID tag, their favorite blanket or towel, and a minimum of two weeks’ worth of food and water. If you have a crate for them you should bring that as well. That should cover the initial period of chaos and help them settle down better.
- If you plan to go to a shelter – make sure to register with one that will accept pets well in advance of the hurricane making landfall. Be prepared to show proof of living in a mandatory evacuation zone or a manufactured (mobile) home. Livestock, reptiles, and other exotic pets will not be accepted. Additionally, your pet’s vaccinations must be current and registered with the county you live in. If you have large animals whose lives could be in danger, use your best judgment and evacuate them to a safe place.
Keep Your Home protected and Your Family Safe
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