First Things First
Hurricane season for Atlantic states lasts from June to November, so it’s important to have a plan in place regardless if you’re expected to be in the eye of a hurricane or not. Now, what do you do if you have a pet in your family? Sitting down with your family and establishing a plan will help everyone be on the same page, so no one is surprised or anyone is rushing to prepare at the last minute. It’s especially important to keep in mind how you will prepare your pet in the event of an evacuation.
Stock Up on Supplies
You’ll want to build a hurricane emergency kit that will include pet supplies like a travel pet carrier, potty pads, litter, food, treats, and toys. Having the essentials for your pet is important, so you aren’t without anything in the event of power outages and the inability to head to the pet store. It’s also helpful to include a copy of your pet’s vet records and proof of rabies and vaccinations in case you need to head to a pet-friendly shelter. If your pet is prone to anxiety or stress from loud noises like thunder, it would be a smart idea to invest in an anti-anxiety vest or blanket to help calm your pet down in case the weather starts going crazy. It’s also important to account for your pet when you start bottling up filtered water or stocking up on bottled water.
Locate Nearby Pet-Friendly Shelters
Finding a nearby shelter that’s pet-friendly is crucial in case the worst happens and you must evacuate your home. It’s also important you check their requirements in case there are any limits to breeds or sizes. If a pet-friendly shelter is not in your area, then plan for your pet to stay with friends or family. This should go without mention, but do not leave your pet behind in the midst of a hurricane.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
It’s important not to wait until it’s too late to evacuate your pets and family. If you’re tracking a hurricane and you have ample time to evacuate, plan, stock up on supplies and beat the traffic or else you’ll be going bumper to bumper trying to leave town along with everyone else who thought they would be fine leaving a day or two before the storm hits. And if you choose to stick it out through the storm, just make sure you have your kit ready and enough food and water for your family and your pets. It’s important not to forget any medication either because you can’t predict how long you may be stuck inside during and after a storm.