Here are a few pet safety tips for hurricane season.
1. Make a Hurricane Safety Plan
Simply put, be prepared. Decide on a course of action and make sure you can initiate it at a moment’s notice.
Have hurricane safety supplies set aside in a safe, easily accessible place. You may never need them, but if a hurricane comes, you won’t be scrambling to find what you need.
2. Stick to Your Emergency Plan
Whatever your decision is, stick to it. Otherwise, you may put your pet in real danger.
If you decide to leave town at the first sign of warning, then do so as planned.
Changing your mind or changing the plan often leads to unnecessary accidents, as you’re no longer prepared.
3. Have a Pet Emergency Kit Ready
Your pet emergency kit should include:
- At least enough water for a week for you and your pets
- Nonperishable food (include a can opener if needed)
- Food dishes and water bowls
- Your pet’s medical records/proof of vaccination
- Photos of your pets
- Prescription medications (two-week supply)
- ID tags on your pets’ collars or harnesses
- Solid pet carrier
- Cat litter and litter box
- Puppy pads
- Plastic bags or poop bags
- Extra leash
- Comfort items: pet bed, toys, treats
- Pet first aid kit
4. Microchip Your Pets
Pet ID tags are definitely a smart idea for providing quick identification without having to scan for a microchip. But the ASPCA also recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification, should collars or tags become lost.
Make sure the ID tags remain on your pet’s collar and keep your contact info up to date—both on the collar and in the microchip database online.
5. Fill Out a Pet Emergency Sticker for Your Front Door
It’s a good idea to place a pet emergency sticker outside the doors in your home and to keep a card in your wallet—both filled out with your contact information and your pets’ info.
Include the number and type of pets along with their coat color and names. In the event that you need to be rescued, this will help to alert local rescue personnel to which animals may also be trapped in the home.