HURRICANE FLORENCE PREPAREDNESS - THINK AHEAD FOR YOUR PETS

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HURRICANE FLORENCE PREPAREDNESS -  THINK AHEAD FOR YOUR PETS

Preparing your pets for hurricaneJust as you prepare your family’s emergency supply kit, you'll want to prepare an emergency kit for your pets. Think first about the basics for survival, most importantly, food and water. Pack enough of everything to last for at least 3 days.  You’ll want to have a picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics. 

 

  • Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container. 
  • Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. 
  • Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. 
  • Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book. 
  • Collar with ID tag, harness or leash. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. 
  • CAT IN CARRIERIn addition, place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. 
  • If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you. You will want to have a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. 
  • Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. 
  • Include favorite toys, treats or bedding in your emergency container.

 

You can bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 4-16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.

 

Hurricane preparednessTODAY: Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of your veterinarian. 

*Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you and one in your pet’s emergency supply kit. 

 

Put your name, address & phone number on a sticker where you could be reached in an emergency on the pet’s rabies tag if you don’t have an identity. Use permanent market if at all possible. 

 

Stay Informed Know About Forecast: It’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your area as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. 

 

Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready. 

 


 

Arrange a Safe Haven


Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, IF IT ISN’T SAFE FOR YOU, IT’S NOT SAFE FOR YOUR PETS. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. 

 

Not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

 


 

Choose A ”Designated Caregiver”

 

Consider someone who lives close to your home. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

 


 

 

Dog Fears

Is your dog fearful of thunderstorms? Order this audio book.

 

With this storm on the horizon and likely to last for several days, if your dog has a fear of thunderstorms, you may want to get a jump on reading (or listening) to this great find.

 

Learn how to manage, reduce or completely eliminate fears that your pet faces with each and every rough weather storm. 

 


 

HURRICANE FLORENCE PREPAREDNESS -  THINK AHEAD FOR YOUR PETS24/7 Emergency Information

  • 911 for all life-threatening emergencies
  • 211 for information on shelters, evacuation routes, storm clean-up, volunteer needs and locating food and water.  
  • 511 for road closures.
  • Coast Guard search and rescue: (757) 398-6700.
  • Download the app, GasBuddy or visit gasbuddy.com to locate available gas in your area.
  • For shelter locations, call (888) 892-1162 or visit redcross.org.
  • For lost or missing pets, call (704) 336-7600
  • No problems at your home and would like to volunteer? Visit nvoad.org.

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | HURRICANE FLORENCE PREPAREDNESS -  THINK AHEAD FOR YOUR PETS

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Will Hamm - You never have to ask me if it's okay if you re-blog - just know, it's ALWAYS okay - especially when it's a blog to help others...and especially our fur babies!

Thank you for the re-blog!

Sep 14, 2018 09:53 PM #41
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Me too, Jerry Newman and thank you so much!

We're as prepared as one can be with such short notice (okay, 5 days isn't really short notice, is it?!) but, we're hoping that none of that prep was necessary. We'll see what the weekend brings us.

Sep 14, 2018 09:55 PM #42
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Hi Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty! I will try to post regularly on FB. We'll see how tomorrow goes - that's when we should get the brunt of it. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sep 14, 2018 09:56 PM #43
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Thank you, Ellen Caruso! It really took me no time to prepare for the pets - but, when you're in the middle of a disaster, you aren't thinking clearly and preparation is so very important to avoid missing something during a disaster.

Have a great weekend!

Sep 14, 2018 09:57 PM #44
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Be safe and Debe  nothing wrong with playing in the Rain aka Active Rain:)))Endre

Sep 14, 2018 10:51 PM #45
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I definitely think you will be prepared and I don’t doubt that you know what you’re talking about in every aspect after all you’ve been through! Stay safe and blessed!

Sep 14, 2018 11:26 PM #46
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Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS I was in shock when I heard on the news this morning that rescuers were going after pets who were left behind to fen for themselves after the owners evacuated.... some were chained outside..... that animal doesn't have a chance...

Sep 15, 2018 02:45 AM #47
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Thank you, Endre Barath, Jr.! It does take my mind off of those mammoth trees in my backyard!

So far, it looks like we're still a few hours out from the brunt of the storm but, over 10K people are already out of power right now, just here in Charlotte. I ventured out last night and there were already some downed trees. It's going to be another 'fun' night!

Sep 15, 2018 08:51 AM #48
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Hey, Preparedness is next to Godliness, right, Laura Cerrano

Seriously, I'm sure I missed something but, I definitely didn't miss anything where my pets are concerned!

Sep 15, 2018 08:53 AM #49
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Oh, Barbara Todaro, that makes my heart hurt so bad.  Those owners need to be chained outside and see how they manage. 

Sep 15, 2018 08:54 AM #50
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Debe Maxwell, CRS it's bad enough to leave them but to chain them to a tree so they CAN'T escape to shelter or to attempt to survive is murder.... those people SHOULD be charged and prosecuted.....

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I agree with you 100%, Barbara Todaro! It IS murder and yes, if people were charged more for this type of violation, I think others would get the message. 

I really don't think that people who would leave a dog chained to a tree should even be allowed to be pet owners - EVER! 

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My emergency plan, in a real severe emergency, one in which I have zero time to do anything, like an asteroid is coming, is to stuff all 3 cats into separate pillow cases and skedaddle.

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Debe Maxwell, CRS Fabulous post. You are quite amazing to prepare for the storm, negotiate and win a multiple offer bid for your buyer, write a pulitzer prize winning featured blog and still take time to answer my call. So glad you are all safe and well prepared.

Later this morning I received a call from Victor ( a Baltimore radio listener thinking about moving to Charlotte) telling me he spoke with you to see if you were safe. 

Oh the power of ActiveRain.

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Hello Debe ----Stay safe. Stay prepared.   Let's hope for the best.

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'Skedaddle' - I haven't heard that in years and like you, I would probably do the same thing with my 3 fur babies, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, you are so sweet to write that post and to phone me this morning - how thoughtful! It was great catching up with both you & Victor. We had a 'quiet' day other than a few minutes that the power went out. The wind is strong and it's raining cats & dogs but, so far, all is well!

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Indeed, Michael Jacobs! That is exactly what we are doing - we're prepared for the worst and praying for the best!

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Thanks a lot, Debe, that was a comprehensive of things to do for our beloved pets in emergency situations!

Sep 16, 2018 04:19 AM #59
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Thank you and you're welcome, John Henry! Thankfully we didn't have to put it to use but, do have some friends who did. It's been a crazy weekend, to say the least.

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