Hurricane Irene Serves as a Reminder to Families with Pets About Disaster Preparedness

September 15, 2011 by Jillian at Tails in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

If a disaster hit your hometown, would you be prepared to evacuate your whole family including your pets? According to the American Pet Products Association 2011 / 2012 National Pet Owners Survey, the vast majority of dog and cat guardians would take their pets with them during a disaster.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters shared their tips and advice on what pet parents need to do to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

It is important to create an emergency supply kit for your pet that includes a pet identification form with photos, microchip number, shot records, food, water, veterinarian and emergency contact information (including one contact outside of the emergency area,) first aid supplies, and a three-week supply of medications.

Keep the emergency kit in a sealed, waterproof bag or container.

Determine sheltering options for you and your animals — consider the following in your area and within a 100-mile radius. Keep in mind that some sheltering options could reach full capacity and a second or third option might be necessary.

  • Motels/hotels/shelters that allow pets.
  • Boarding kennels.
  • Veterinary offices with boarding facilities.
  • Grooming shops.
  • Dog or horse race track, and approved areas at fairgrounds or parks.

Other tips include:

  • Continually track weather conditions through the NOAA’s National Weather Service alerts available on NAPPS’ website
  • Set up a buddy system with friends or relatives outside your area where an animal can be safely evacuated.
  • Do not leave animals behind, even if you are not sure where to take them.
  • In the event of a hurricane, do not attempt to evacuate — stay indoors, in windowless rooms or hallways. Keep your small animals in carriers or confined areas.
  • Dispose of perishable, contaminated or water-soaked pet foods. This will ensure stray or wild animals are not attracted.
  • If there is a “boil water order” in effect, do not drink or give animals tap water unless you know it is safe. Official notices will be given about the safety of the water supply.
  • Avoid loose or dangling wires, and report them to the power company. Inspect areas where animals are kept for loose wires.
  • Make any temporary repairs necessary to prevent further losses, including repair to fencing needed to keep animals confined. Ensure substantially damaged structures are elevated above the base flood elevation or relocated when reconstructed.


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