The beginning of June officially kicked off hurricane season in our area. While this may sound alarming to pet owners, we have provided some tips that will help ensure you and your pet are prepared should the worst happen.
After a disaster, landmarks and familiar scents may be altered, which can cause animals to be confused and lost. When all pets go outside, please keep them on a leash and keep them close, as they may be unaware of their surroundings. Additionally, keep in mind that snakes and other potentially dangerous animals may have migrated to your area, so be on the lookout for these animals as well as other hazards such as downed power lines.
Also make sure to have an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets, and place this in a location where everyone in your household can access it. Please do ensure that it is clearly labeled and easy to carry. In this pack, keep essentials such as:
Water, water, water and more water. Have at least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet.
Enough food for everyone for at least a week, if not longer. Ensure that food is stored in water-tight containers, and only use canned food if you are desperate. Also, please note that changing diets can lead to diarrhea and dehydration.
Pet first-aid kit and guide book. Ask your vet what to include or buy one online.
Pet medical supplies. Store photocopies of medical records as well as a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires.
Other miscellaneous essentials. Include a flashlight, blanket, recent photos of your pet, liquid dish soap, disinfectant and a long leash and yard stake.
Other helpful things to keep in mind are having proper transport for each pet—ideally a traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier. And of course, if your best friend is not already microchipped and up-to-date on their vaccinations, please do this as soon as possible.
Finally, you should have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items you should have include batteries, duct tape, a flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.
Additional helpful resources include:
We want you and your pets to be prepared, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.