Even with our area not projected to get the worst of Hurricane Dorian, now’s as good of a time as any to remind you to be prepared – both you and your pets – during natural disasters. Have a plan, stay safe.
Ready.gov has you covered with some tips and preparation ideas.
The American Red Cross also has a great website with a list of preparation items to have on hand for both you and your pets. As the Red Cross says:
- If it’s not safe for you to stay in your home during an emergency, it’s not safe for them either!
- Include supplies for your pet in your emergency kit, or assemble an emergency kit for your pet.
- Make an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not accept animal guests, other than service animals.
Finally, have an emergency kit ready to go with the essential items your pets need: 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 if you pet eats canned food.
- 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.