Pet Hurricane Readiness Tips
In advance of hurricane season, which begins on June 1, here are some lifesaving tips to share with the pet owners in your community:
9 tips on keeping companion animal’s safe in times of disaster/evacuation
- Never leave your pet home alone or outside. The safest place for your pet is with you! If you must evacuate, take your pet along.
- If you plan to board your pet, check ahead to ensure the facility is not in a flood zone and will be attended throughout the storm. Ask if they have crates for transport/a plan for evacuation, and an emergency contact number you can call.
- If you live in modular housing, on a barrier island or in a flood zone, arrange ahead of time for you and your pet to spend the storm with friends or family who live in a safe zone, or contact hotels locally and outside your home area to see if they will permit your pet. Many hotels make exceptions during an evacuation and will accept crated pets.
- Have travel carriers handy for evacuation. Make your pet’s carrier a fun and safe place throughout the year by placing treats, toys and meals in it on a routine basis.
- Prepare a travel kit for your pet. Include food, water, bedding, towels, medical supplies, bathing supplies, flea/tick control and leashes for a two-week period.
- Place several forms of ID on your pet’s collar. Do not assume your owner tag will immediately reunite you with a lost pet. If your neighborhood is evacuated and phone lines are down, or if your pet is lost during travel, it may be months before you receive contact. Include a temporary tag with the phone number of a friend or relative who lives outside your immediate area.
- Have your pet microchipped and make sure the chip is registered. Check with the chip manufacturer’s national registry to ensure they have your correct contact information. Remember, only shelters that scan animals for microchips will discover your pet’s information, so always keep current identification tags on your pet’s collar.
- Always have current photos of your pet with you. Photos will greatly aid in reuniting you and your lost pet.