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Essential Tips to Prepare Your Pet for a Hurricane

Yohan Adrianwalla Mar 18, 2020
For most pet owners, pets have become a vital part of their family, and they can't even begin to imagine life without their companions. So, like your preparations for the safety of yourself and your family, it is important to have the required information and a plan for your pet as well.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has launched its disaster preparedness app for owners. It will help in case of a natural disaster. It can also save medical records, and will help making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.
It is preferable that your pets are wearing collars and have identification tags. The ASPCA recommends micro-chipping your pet. A microchip can be read by scanner at most animal shelters.
Anyone other than some one from a shelter may not be able to scan the chip so it is important to have a tag as well. Put your important contact information on your pet's tag.
It is important to decide where you can take your pets in case of an emergency. The red cross is not allowed pets in disaster shelters due to health and safety laws. Only service animals are allowed.
You can:
  • Ask friends and relatives if they would be willing to care for your pet
  • Ask your local shelter or vet if they provide emergency shelter
  • Find hotels or motels that accept pets
  • Visit relevant websites to find accommodation for your pet
This kit should be easily accessible and strong
  • Detailed medical records and a two-week supply of medicines
  • A one week supply of food
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Disposable garbage bags
  • A Flashlight and Blanket
  • An extra collar or harness
  • Recent photos
  • A Feeding bowl
  • Disinfectant, soap, a wash cloth and paper towels
  • Drinking water for one week
As far as possible keep your pet with you at all times. Try to evacuate them when you are being evacuated. Evacuate as early as possible. Often disaster shelters cannot keep pets.
Pets can also become scared and disoriented during disasters, making them more difficult to manage. Get them out before things get out of hand.
The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker with details of types and number of pets. In case you are able to evacuate with your pets please mention "EVACUATED" on the sticker so emergency workers are well aware.
Please ensure that someone who has met your pet is able to care for them in your absence. Your pet should be comfortable with them. It should be someone who lives in close proximity and has a set of keys. They should be aware of where your pet would hide and behave when nervous.
Ensure pets are indoors and secure at the first sight or trouble. Pets can become disoriented during natural disasters. Try to use canned food as that supplements there water intake as well. Have newspaper ready as they may be unable to step outside for a "loo" break.
Even though pets get along, try to keep them separately during this time. Seal of openings or inaccessible holes like vents, pet doors etc. Remove unsafe items like tools and chemicals.
★ Birds
  • Birds should be in a cage
  • In cold weather, cover the cage with a blanket
  • Ensure your bird has a leg band for identification
  • In warm weather, spray your bird regularly to keep it moist
★ Reptiles
  • Snakes can be transported in cloth bags or pillow cases only temporarily
  • Keep a large bowl in which the entire reptile will fit and or any other temperature control device like a hot water bottle
Small Animals should always be transported in secure strong carriers.