Mother Nature Network‘s Mary Jo Dilonardo has published a guide to evacuating your pets during a hurricane.
Among the recommendations in the article, Dilonardo suggests that owners prepare for disasters and other emergencies by:
- IDing your pets, both with wearable tags and with registered subcutaneous microchips.
- Creating an emergency contact list
- Investing in pet carriers
- Keeping photos of you and your pet(s) together
- Evacuating on the first warning
Additionally, the Humane Society of the United States suggests keeping a pet emergency kit containing:
- At least three days of food and water in airtight, waterproof containers
- Bowls for food and water
- Current photos and physical descriptions of your pets
- Veterinary records, medications and first aid supplies
- Comfort items like toys and blankets
- For dogs: Leash, harness, pet waste bags and a pet carrier that can double as a sleeping area
- For cats: Litter, litter box and a carrier
“It is crucial that residents are prepared to keep their pets inside if they are able to stay at home or to take pets with them if asked to evacuate in the face of this potentially destructive storm. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.”
— Niki Dawson, Director of Disaster Services, The Humane Society of the United States
For more information about the things you can do now to keep you and your pets safe in the face of a hurricane or other disaster, read the full article on Mother Nature Network.