When Summer Storms and Hurricane Season is Here
Whether it's a full-blown hurricane or a summer storm with heavy wind, the potential for damage and danger are best dealt with in a "Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best" approach. Always bring outside pets indoors during electrical storms.
Here are a few key things to help prepare you and your pet for hurricane and storm season:
- Always have several days' worth of food and clean water on hand for you, your family and your pet.
- Make sure your pet is identified with a tag and, ideally, a microchip. Your pet's tag should include several phone numbers for you and even for a relative or friend out of the area.
- A pet first aid kit is a necessity year-round, but especially during hurricane season.
- Have enough pharmaceutical supplies for storm phobias.
- Pack up an emergency travel kit for your pet in case of evacuation, with an extra identification tag, collar, and leash, food & water bowls, litter & trays for cats, disposable garbage bags for messes, disinfectant, food, bottled water, medications, a flashlight, a blanket, photos of your pet, and a travel crate/kennel if you have one. Be sure to change out food and medication after they've been in your kit for a while!
- Plan ahead! Arrange a safe haven (a non-local veterinary office, a boarding kennel, motels or a friend/relative out of the area, etc.) for your pet if evacuation is necessary. Not all disaster shelters accept pets, so keep this in mind when planning your evacuation.
- Remember: if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pet! Please don't leave your pet behind. You will find evacuation sites information here.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has produced a brief video with tips for preparing and caring for pets and livestock during disasters.
If you are unable to view this video, please click here to view it on YouTube.