As you are preparing for the impending impact of hurricane Joaquin, take the time to consider how the storm may affect your pets. When it comes to disasters, you must evaluate the most important things and protecting your pet should be one of them. If it is not safe for you to stay behind, then it is not safe for your pet as well.
When a hurricane comes, be sure to protect yourself, your family and even your pets. Before you even start to plan your evacuation and how you will protect your home, you should first ensure that your pets will have a safe place to weather the storm. This may mean taking them to a pet shelter. If this is your only option make sure you check your dogs vaccinations are up to date since many shelters may require proof.
Some Basic Safety Tips:
• Ensure that your pets are wearing their tags and collars and that they are current.
• Pet ID Tags should contain the name of your dog, your name, your cell phone number, and your address.
• Consider having your pet microchipped.
• Ensure you have a pet emergency supply kit: The kit should contain the following items; a 3 day or more supply of water and food, a bowl, and information on any medication issues your dog has. If there is room include some items of comfort, such as favorite toys or blanket and other related items.
• Have a list of pet-friendly places. These days, there are many motels, hotels and campsites that do allow pets.
• Generally, there are many emergency shelters that do not allow or accept pets. For this reason, it is important to check with your local emergency management office to determine if there are any pet-friendly emergency shelters in your area.
In conclusion, the more prepared you are for emergency situations the safer your pet will be.