The hurricane season starts in June and ends on November, the peak time for storms is at the end of the summer because the difference between temperatures aloft and sea surface temperatures are at its greatest. It’s important that you include your pet in your emergency plan, they are part of your family.
Remember that he Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act ensures you and your pet are granted shelter and transportation services during an emergency.
Here we share some important tips to taking care your pet during the storm season:
1Organize your supplies
Have your supplies set aside in a safe and accessible place. In case of an emergency, you don’t need to panic and scramble everywhere because you know exactly where they will be. Once you set a plan make sure to stick with it. Changing plans or your mind can often result in unnecessary accidents.
2Emergency pet kit
Make an emergency pet kit for your dog, this won’t be much different from a kit you do for yourself. This includes having enough water for three days, non-perishable food (don’t forget the can opener just in case), a solid carrier. In case you have a cat make sure you have the litter and a litter box, puppy pads, plastic bags to pick up their solid waste, medicine and medical records for both you and your pet in waterproof containers. An extra leash and a picture of your pet in case the worst happens and you get separated. Making sure you have a tag and/or microchipping your pet will also make it easier to recover, should it get lost. If you don’t have a dog tag, write your name and phone number on their collar.
3Secure your pets
If you are riding the storm out in your house, make sure to secure your pets inside your home. Either with a leash or crate, the purpose is securing your pets in case you need to evacuate in an emergency or so they don’t run out unexpectedly during the storm.
Try to stay tuned to the news to get the updates about the storm. Get a battery powered radio in case the power goes out. If you are told to evacuate, please do so at the first warning. Try having everything packed before hand. We suggest using a backpack that will hold the essentials for you and your pet. It’s always good to know ahead of time where is the shelter located and how to get there.
Pets have a high sensitivity and perception of your emotions. Let it be if you are leaving, staying or going to a shelter remember to always stay calm. If you transmit security and calmness to your pet it will the pet to stay calm and feel less panicked. Try having some relaxing scents and speaking to your pet in a relaxed, calm and soothing voice. We recommend having some of their favorite toys as well.