Are you and your pets prepared in the event of an emergency? As we’re in peak hurricane season, and Hurricane Matthew is knocking on our doorstep, it’s time to talk about your hurricane safety plan.
Living in Florida, we’re all too familiar with the stress and fear that comes with an approaching storm. Getting caught in the floods, tornadoes and evacuation chaos is a lot to deal with, especially when you have pets to consider. Fortunately, with just a little bit of planning and preparation, you and your whole family can get through the storm, and any emergency, safely and with ease. Here’s what you need to do:
- Have a Plan – In the event of any emergency situation, you need to be prepared. Have a plan in place, ahead of time, and make sure that you can easily carry it out should the time come. Have all of your emergency supplies in one, easily accessible place.
- Stick to Your Plan – Once you have your plan in place, stick to it. If you’ve decided ahead of time that, should an evacuation be given, your whole family will leave, don’t change your plan. If an evacuation is given, don’t wait; put your plan into action. If you try to deviate, you may forget something important and put your pet in danger.
- Make an Emergency Kit – Just as you should have your own emergency kit in place, put together a kit for your pet. It should include plenty of water, non-perishable food, a solid and reliable carrier, a leash, litter, a litter box, plastic bags, medications, copies of medical records (these apply to both pets and humans), and a recent photo of your pet in the event that you are separated. It’s safest to have all of these items in a waterproof container. Make sure that your pet’s tags or microchip information is also up to date.
- Have a Staying-In Plan – Even if you and your family plan to stay in your home and ride out the storm, there are still certain precautions that you should take with your pet. It’s smart to go ahead and keep your pets on their leashes and in their carriers just in case things get rough. That will make it easier to grab the whole family and either take cover or flee to safety.
- Have an Evacuation Plan – When a storm’s approaching, always pay attention to the news. If an evacuation is issued, don’t wait to head out. Grab your family, fur babies and emergency preparation kits, and get to safety.
- Keep Your Calm – Remember, pets can sense your emotions, and they feed off of them. If an emergency situation strikes, stay calm, for the sake of your family and your pets. If you panic, they will panic.
Everyone take the appropriate precautions, and stay safe out there!