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Hurricane Season Safety Tips

Now is the time to prepare for you and your pets in the need to evacuate your home and if you are staying put there are preparations you should make as well.

1. Make a Plan

Simply put, be prepared. Decide on a course of action and make sure you can initiate it at a moment’s notice. Have supplies set aside in a safe, easily accessible place. Have items on a counter or table for easy access, make sure flashlights work.  Opt for battery powered lanterns and candles instead of fire.  Look for pet friendly hotels near you ahead of time.

2. Make a Kit with Supplies

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier if using.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
    • Pet first-aid kit
    • 3-7 days’ worth of food
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
    • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
    • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pets
    • Toys and chews

3. Staying In

If you’re staying home to ride out the storm, it is recommended to keep your pet on leash when you go outside to potty.  You could have damage to your fence or other hazards.  You may also need to use CBD Oil or melatonin to calm down your pets anxiety and fear.

4. Stay Calm

Whether you leave early, choose to stay, or are required to evacuate due to the storm’s severity or due to house damage, remember to stay calm. Your pet can sense your emotions, so a calming demeanor can lead to a less-panicked pet.

September 11, 2018   No Comments