If you are living in an area where hurricanes can come through, then it makes sense to be proactive about preparing for a potential disaster. Many families have a bit of canned food and non-perishable items on hand, as well as candles, flashlights, medications, a first aid kit, and other important items that might be needed in a hurricane emergency.
As you are working on your preparedness plan, don’t overlook one important member of the family: a family pet. If you have a dog, cat, or other household pet, then you should think about the items and care the pet might need in an emergency situation. Here are a few tips to help:
Food and Fresh Water
Have extra pet food on hand so you can keep the animal fed during a hurricane, as well as enough fresh water to last for at least 3 days. One strategy is to keep the food they usually eat in storage, and rotate through the bags as you are using them to ensure nothing expires.
Medications and Prescriptions
Does your pet need any special medications or prescriptions? If the vet has recommended the use of any of these medications, then always ensure that you have extra on hand in case of an emergency. It can also be helpful to have a copy of the pet’s medical records.
Toys and Accessories
Not only will you need food and water bowls, but it’s nice to also keep a few of the pet’s favorite toys so they can stay entertained during this time. Also think about any other items that you might need in an emergency situation, such as pee pads, plastic bags for cleanup, a kennel, and a leash.
List of Pet-Friendly Accommodations
Where are you going to stay if you need to evacuate? Put together a list of pet-friendly hotels and emergency shelters so you know where you will be welcome if you arrive with a pet in tow. If you are ordered to evacuate, then you should always take your pets with you.
Microchip Your Animal
One unexpected tragedy during an emergency situation is when a family pet gets lost in the chaos. The intensity of the storm will likely scare your dog or cat, which might cause them to run away. Microchip your animal right now so you can track them down in the future if they run away.
Becki Andrus in partnership with maintenance supplies and equipment distributor, IMS Bolt.