Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

Phillips News

 

Hurricane Season runs through the end of November. Now is the time to prepare for a hurricane (or any emergency) that may threaten the survival of your pets. Creating an evacuation plan and preparing an emergency kit should be priorities.

An evacuation plan should include:

  • A specific plan to escape your home with your pets
  • Identifying and notifying a neighbor, family member or friend to evacuate pets if necessary
  •  A gathering spot for family, friends and pets after an emergency
  •  An emergency kit (see specifics below)
  • Identifying your pet’s special needs, with input from your veterinarian, for an emergency situation
  • Updating contact information for your pet’s microchip
  • Emergency animal identification contact sheet that lists your area’s Humane Society, SPCA or animal volunteer groups
  • Evacuation identification “Pets Inside” sticker on your doors or windows

The items to place in a waterproof Pet Emergency Kit include:

  • Food and water
  • First aid kit (cotton bandage rolls; bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention;  gloves; isopropyl alcohol and saline solution; pet first aid reference book)
  • Identification products: Collar (for ID tag), harness, leash
  • Crate or other pet carrier
  • Pet litter and litter box
  • Familiar items such as favorite toys, treats or bedding
  • A photo of you and your pet to prove ownership if you are separated

Preparing now for an emergency can help save your pet’s life and can help reduce stress and worry if the unexpected happens.