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Disaster Preparedness for Pets   Pet Talk

Started 5/25/18 by PennyCC; 278 views.

From: PennyCC


Spring through Fall is when we are more likely to encounter weather that can affect ourselves, our homes, and our pets.

Do you have a plan for how you will care for your pets if you have to leave you home because of a tornado or hurricane?  Or in the case of Hawaii, in case of an erupting volcano?

Here are some ideas to consider:

Plan to take your pets with you in an evacuation. If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for them either.

  • Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no-pet policies could be waived in an emergency.
  • Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  • Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers.
  • Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.
  • Include your pets in evacuation drills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly.
  • Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened, up- to-date identification. Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease.
  • Consider having your pet “microchipped” by your veterinarian.

Read the rest of the article.

As a Florida resident, we do two addition things that were not mentioned in the article....

1...  get a second "In Case of Emergency" tag for the collar with an out of state contact/phone number.  In most cases, we have our home phone numbers or cell numbers on the tag.  During an evacuation, the home number won't help and some areas still do not have decent cell service or towers could be down.  Use this person as your "check-in" contact.

2...  some local shelters in the Jacksonville area do allow pets, but not all.  Those that do, require that you submit an application to the city to get on the approved list.  Unless things have changed recently, if your pet is not on that list, you cannot bring it to the shelter.

Another helpful thing that we did as part of our pet evac plan was to make "Poop Packs"... this is more than just a small baggie on a roll for picking up poop off the ground. Since our yorkie had long hair and "tail feathers", keeping the area clean was paramount!   Ours contained: 1 pair latex gloves, several paper towels (for ground cleanup) , several tissues (for her bottom),  a small brown bag  and a small quart size baggie.  We found "freezer" baggies worked well and kept the smell down if we could not dispose of it immediately.



From: PennyCC


Those are very good suggestions! 

I guess the only good thing about hurricanes is that you get a warning that it is coming so you can prepare.