Do You Have an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets with Hurricane Irene Knocking On Your Door?

Reblogger Pat Fenn
Services for Real Estate Pros with Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker

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.

Original content by Judith Parker

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...


  • 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

Keller Williams


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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

The bigger the storn, the harder it gets. I remember Andrew that had people from south Florida finding no rooms as far north as Birmingham AL

Aug 24, 2011 01:48 PM #1
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
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Sounds like a farming opportunity. You need to come up with your own list for evacuation.

Aug 24, 2011 01:52 PM #2
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Pat, I am very honored to have you re-post my blog.  Thank you.  It is important to get the word out for caring for our pets.

Aug 24, 2011 01:52 PM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Thank you, Pat!!! I love this and didn't realize it was Judith's, so I'll go right over and thank her sweet heart, TOO!!!

Aug 24, 2011 01:54 PM #4
Patty Clark
Morningside Homes, LLC - Aurora, CO
Helping Families Move with Care

Since we do not live anywhere close to a body of water these are great tips that I have not thought about but  may apply in case of fire or any disaster for that matter.  Our pets are our babies and it is our job to protect them from harm.

Aug 24, 2011 02:01 PM #5
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Vickie-you are right.  Irene seems to be headed up the east coast so going inland may be the best route.

Aug 25, 2011 06:26 AM #6
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

David-thanks for your comment.

Aug 25, 2011 06:27 AM #7
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Judith-pets so often get forgotten in the rush to get to high ground. 

Aug 25, 2011 06:27 AM #8
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Gayle-it is an important re-blog with all of the evacuations going on around the east coast.

Aug 26, 2011 03:01 PM #9
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Chris and Patty-they depend on us to make sure they are safe. 

Aug 26, 2011 03:01 PM #10
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