Are you prepared for a natural disaster? If you had to vacate your home do you have what you need for your beloved pet ?…
Hurricane season is upon us once again. Every day storms reek havoc across the country, with unyielding heavy rain, howling winds, and flooding, leaving communities in a disarray. These weather reports keep me ever so mindful that South Carolina can easily be the next target…
FROM AUGUST THROUGH NOVEMBER –
we are on high alert for hurricanes. Lately we read and hear about the devastation and destruction in other parts of the country.
Which used to make me think –
are you ready Cathy, should you need to leave abruptly? What is your evacuation plan for the boys?
I must sadly confess, I had none.
“Every hurricane season at The Weather Channel and weather.com, we talk about hurricane preparedness. Pet owners should also have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals.
More than 358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. According to a Zogby International poll, 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them.”
It was time to come up with a plan –
if it isn’t safe for me, then it isn’t safe for my boys.
SO – ARE YOU PREPARED? –
If not, don’t fret – I wasn’t always either.
For me, I knew I needed basic staples and a place to store them, making it easy to grab. I cleaned out the bottom of their pantry and purchased an expendable bag to start.
Here’s a handy list that I followed:
- FOOD AND WATER BOWLS: travel size and plastic bowls are much easier to transport on the road, make sure you have an extra set of “real” bowls should your days away from home be longer than anticipated.
- MEDICATIONS: medicine, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies.
- Store medical records in a waterproof container or loaded onto your smart phone.
- A pet first aid book is also good to include.
- COMFORT ITEMS: such as toys, travel beds, and blankets. These can help to reduce your pet’s stress from travel and severe weather.
- CURRENT PHOTOS: and descriptions of your pets, including any details or markings. These items can be extremely helpful to help others identify your pet in the event you become separated.
- LEASH, HARNESS, AND CARRIER: will help transport your pet safely and ensure they can’t escape.
- Carriers should be large enough to allow the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down.
- Cats should have enough litter for at least five days.
- MICROCHIPS: increase your chances significantly in the event you and your pet become separated.
- Is the microchip working? – often we forget to renew our subscription.
- TAGS AND IDs: should always contain up-to-date identification at all times. Make sure your pet is wearing its collar and that it includes the proper information. If it is not already on there, you should add your current cell phone number to your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area.
You can always tailor this to the needs of your pet. At the end of the day, knowing everything you must have is already in one place will be a true source of comfort.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST –
Tire their butts out if at all possible whether you’re staying in place for the storm or leaving the area.
When we’ve decided to stay based on the strength of the storm, I spend a great deal of time outside with them. They chase after balls, each other and even me for endless hours…
For everyone’s sanity, if we decide to vacate the area, having them exhausted makes the ride much more bearable for all of us! They are less restless and will generally sleep longer. Traveling with an entire State of people all headed in the same direction makes for a rather long ride.
For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit humanesociety.org/prepare
Please think about a plan, even if you never have to execute one…
TELL ME – ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A NATURAL DISASTER?
Be as amazing as your dog thinks you are ❤️