Protect Your Pets! Take These Steps to Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness - Steps to Protect Your Pets

Written by K9 Partners for Patriots

September 5, 2017

Follow These Steps to Protect Your Pets in Case of Disaster

Before the storm hits, gather vital supplies for your pet. We urge you to take these potentially life-saving steps for your pets.

If you plan to evacuate

PLAN TO TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU AND BRING AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT FOR YOUR PET!

The ideal scenario is to already have a planned destination for you and your pets before the storm hits. Perhaps a friend or family member’s home on higher ground out of harms way. Pet friendly hotels are an option but they will fill up fast.

Hillsborough County

Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303
Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa

Hernando County

Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303
Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa

Pasco County

Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303
Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa

Pinellas County

Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303
Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa

Emergency Supply Kit for Your Pet

FOOD & WATER

Be sure to have a bag packed with at least 3 days water and food supply for each pet packed in water tight containers. Be sure to bring bowls and a manual can opener.

MEDICATIONS

Be sure to bring an adequate supply of your pet’s prescription medication in a childproof container and make sure it is clearly labled. Prepare detailed instructions for any dietary or medical needs.

EVACUATION SHELTERS

Pet friendly shelters will require documentation of up-to-date vaccinations and a crate for your animal. Also keep a copy of your pet’s medical record, microchip information and a current photograph of you and your pet. This can help you and your pet be reunited if you become separated. It is advisable to keep paper copies in a waterproof bag.

LEASH, COLLAR and/or HARNESS

Have a good leash and snug, secure, collar or harness with current identification information securely attached. Make sure that your pet is not able to slip out of it.

COMFORTS

Pets are often frightened during disasters. Be sure to pack comfort items such as bedding, toys, blankets and towels.

SANITATION

Carry paper towels, poop bags, plastic trash bags and a household cleaner to provide for your pets sanitation needs.

PET FIRST AID KIT

Your pet’s first aid kit should include:

  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Ice pack
  • Disposable gloves
  • Scissors with blunt end
  • Tweezers
  • OTC antibiotic ointment
  • Oral syringe
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)
  • Towels
  • Small flashlight
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Styptic powder
  • Saline eye solution
  • Artificial tear gel
  • Phone number, clinic name, address of your veterinarian as well as local veterinary emergency clinics.
  • Include a pet first aid reference book.

The ASPCA Disaster Preparedness Mobile App

The ASPCA created a free Disaster Preparedness Mobile App that can provide critical information before, during and after a disaster—even without Internet connectivity. The app also gives personalized instructions on searching for a lost animal and allows you to store your pets’ medical records and other important information. Visit www.ASPCAapp.org now to download the app on iTunes or Google Play.

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