It is always wise to consider your four legged friends when bad weather is on the way. In the case of a Hurricane you have time to plan ahead and make arrangements to vacate the area early taking your pets with you. Making sure you have all of their information on hand as well as your own important paperwork can make a huge difference.
This evening I am outside enjoying a beautiful evening on our patio with our three Boxers and it made me think...what would we do if we had to evacuate? Am I prepared to care for our pets.
I went to the National Hurricane Preparedness website and found specific information concerning pets.
The first words of wisdom come from Guthrie...
- Make sure pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
Have a current photograph
Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal - carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.
Plan your evacuation strategy and don't forget your pet! Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm's way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.
If you plan to shelter your pet - work it into your evacuation route planning.
BABE also wanted to share some more tips for dealing with your pets...
"DURING THE DISASTER"
Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have: Proper identification collar and rabies tag, proper identification on all belongings, a carrier or cage, a leash, an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions and news papers or trash bags for clean-up.
Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm - reassure them and remain calm.
Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.
Lady Lilly wanted to share her final thoughts with you concerning your pets after the storm...
Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home - often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost. Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.
If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive - monitor their behavior.
The above information found on the National Hurricane Center Site
I actually lived in Miami, Florida when the category 5, Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. It was not fun and I was not prepared.
Please...prepare now, for you never know when you may need to evacuate for storms, fire, earthquakes and etc.
Judith Parker, CRS, GRI