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How to Develop a Hurricane or Other Disaster Plan and Emergency Kit For Your Pets

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Pet on the beach
The summer brings fun in the sun, cookouts, outdoor games and all the other traditional summertime activities. Unfortunately it also brings the start of the hurricane season which begins June 1st and runs through November 30. Of course, there are other disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires that can hit at anytime. The start of the hurricane season is an ideal reminder of how natural disasters can happen to anyone. You don't have to live on the coast to be effected by a disaster. The time to develop a disaster plan that includes a well thought out disaster kit is well before the National Weather Service and local officials issue a hurricane watch or warning. Don't wait to prepare. Now is a good time to gather the materials and get prepared. Even people who prepare disaster kits for themselves and their families sometimes forget to include a kit for their pets. Your pets will have to be taken care of as well.

Things You Will Need

Food and water (enough for a minimum of two weeks), Collar, tags and strong leash, Medications, Medical records, current photo, immunization information, Treats, Toys, First aid kit, Pet carrier, Crate, Cat litter, scoop and pan, Plastic bags for waste, Paper towels, Brush or comb, Muzzle

Step 1

Pet evacuating

Develop your disaster plan now and put it into effect when a hurricane watch is announced. Your plan needs to include your pets. Most shelters will not allow pets so it is crucial that you make plans ahead of time. Staying with friends or relatives that are in a non-evacuation zone is usually the best option.


Step 2

Hurricane warning flags 1

Another option is to find a "pet friendly" hotel that is located in a non-evacuation zone. Make a reservation as soon as the there is any chance of a storm coming. These hotels will fill up fast as most hotels will not accept pets so they will be in demand. If the storm does not come your way after all, be sure to cancel your reservation within the guidelines of the hotel. Some will allow you to cancel the same day without any charge while others have a 24 hour cancellation policy.


Step 3

A third option is to board with a veterinarian office or boarding kennel in a non-evacuation zone. Make your arrangements with these well in advance of the storm season. Some may require a deposit to reserve a space but most will not.


Step 4

Pet carrier 1

If you do not have to evacuate keep your pets in their crate or carrier during the storm. They could escape if your house is damaged and there will be no normal landmarks or scents to help them find their way home.


Step 5

lost pet

In the worst case you may have to leave your pet behind. As noted in Step Four above, keep your pets in their crate or carrier during the storm. When frightened they could escape if your house is damaged and there will be no normal landmarks or scents to help them find their way home. Also be aware that they may not survive.


Step 6

Pet First Aid Kit 1

Prepare your disaster kit using the information in the Things You'll Need Section above. Keep the supplies in waterproof containers and mark food items with the date purchased.


Even people who prepare hurricane disaster kits for themselves and their families sometimes forget to include a kit for their pets. Your pets will have to be taken care of as well. Don't wait to prepare. Now is the time to gather the materials and put your kit together.


Tips & Warnings

Make copying important documents a yearly ritual as things change over the course of time., Verify the freshness of food and batteries in your kit and the freshness of the food in your pets kit several times a year., After the storm, walk your pets on a leash until they are familiar with their home again., Check food and water for contamination.

Do not allow pets near candles or oil lamps., If you bring plants indoors, keep them away from your pets because some plants are poisonous.

Resources

www.redcross.org Red Cross

www.ready.gov FEMA


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Comments

Apr 9, 2010 7:38pm
desperatejournalism
interesting article. the funny thing is that most pets survive disasters but many owner don't. maybe you should write an article for pet owners too. lol
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