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Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, hazardous material spills - disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. But with preparation and planning, your family - including your pets - can be protected
The single most important things that you can do to protect your pets if you evacuate is to take your pets with you!!!! If it's not safe for you to stay in the disaster area, it's not safe for your pets.
Your pets should be wearing up-to-date identification at all times. It's a good idea to include a number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area.
Because evacuation shelters generally don't accept pets, except for service animals, you must plan ahead to ensure that your family and your pets will have a safe place to stay. Don't wait until disaster strikes to do your research.
Every member of your family should know what he or she needs to take when you evacuate. You also need to prepare supplies for your pet. Stock up on non-perishables well ahead of time; add perishable items at the last minute; have everything read to go a moment's notice. Keep everything accessible, stored in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (duffle bags, covered trash containers, etc.)
If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, and make sure they are wearing identification. Have any medications and a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with your other emergency supplies. If you need to purify water, add 2 drops of household bleach per quart of water, mix, seal tightly, and let stand for 30 minutes before drinking.
Warnings of hurricanes or other disasters may be issued hours, even days in advance. Don't wait until the last minute to get ready:
An evacuation order may come, or a disaster may strike, when you're at work or out of the house. Find out if a trusted neighbor would be able to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location. If so, be sure that the person is comfortable with your pets, knows where your pets are likely to be, knows where your disaster supplies are kept, and has a key to your home. If you use a pet sitting service, they may be able to help, but discuss the possibility well in advance.
Don't allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet will probably be disoriented - pets can easily get lost in such situations. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside (or in carriers, if your house is damaged and they could escape.) Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems that may result from stress. If problems persist or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to a veterinarian.
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Page Updated: Tuesday March 08, 2011