Hurricane season officially started June 1, and experts are predicting an extremely active Atlantic Hurricane Season. We already had a brush with a Tropical Storm earlier this month, so if you don't already have a Severe Weather plan for your pet, now is the time to make one!
Some important things you can do to help keep your pet safe during a disaster:
• Put a collar with visible identification on all your pets, including indoor-only pets. Make sure all microchip information is up to date.
• Make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations.
• Have a current photograph of your pet for identification purposes, just in case you and your pet get separated.
• Put a sticker on your door or window of your home, letting rescuers know how many animals you have inside. This is in case an evacuation is necessary and you are unable to take your animals with you. If you can take your pets with you, leave a note on your door informing rescuers that you have evacuated and have all of your animals.
• Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet First Aid supplies. This should include a list of emergency telephone numbers, such as your veterinarian, local animal control and local animal shelters.
• If you're planning on evacuating to a pet friendly hotel, evacuate early. These hotels fill up very quickly, and keep in mind that a good rule of thumb is to evacuate at least 100 miles inland.
• Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind. Make sure there will be someone who can take care of your pet in the event that you are unable to do so.
We hope you and your pets have a safe and fun summer!