Hurricane preparedness is important, it’s even more important you have plans and everything you need if you have pets. Hurricane seasons is from June 1 to November 30. This is an informative post of things you want to make sure you have ready and accessible for your pet if needed.
Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers or Hotels
You will want to make sure you find a few pet friendly places. These can be an evacuation center or a hotel. Not all of these are pet friendly but many are if there is an emergency situation, such as a hurricane when you have to evacuate. Some of the hotel chains that I know tend to be pet friendly are La Quinta, Element, Loews, Springhill Suites, among many other hotels. You can also opt to leave your pet at a boarding facility or veterinarian office if they have the availability to keep your pet.
If you stay home you’ll want to make sure you keep your pet in a crate overnight just incase anything happens while you are asleep. It’s better to keep them contained and safe than to have them roam and potentially get injured or escape should a window break.
Pet Information to Have – Hurricane Preparedness
- Collar & ID Tag for each pet
- Leash for each pet
- Crate for each pet, especially if evacuating
- Vet Records
- Get your pet Microchipped if they already aren’t
- Food for 2+ weeks for each pet
- Water for 2+ weeks for each pet
- Plastic poop bags
- Litter box, litter, scooper
- Pet First Aid Kit
- Muzzle (if required)
- Training Pads (if needed)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Paper Towels
Other things you can do are keep a recent photo of each pet on you, printed and on your phone. A description of each pet (breed, colour, sex, age, etc.) so you can give that out as well if a pet escapes. Having some extra towels or blankets for the pet carries is also a good idea. It can be a lot but it’s best to be prepared and have it whether you stay home or evacuate. These are things important for hurricane preparedness whether you have a cat or a dog. I’m sure if you have other pets, such as hedgehogs, geckos, birds, etc. you’ll be able to use this list to come up with ideas of things you need. Go through your routine, have some spare items or put them into a bin that is easy to just grab and keep handy if you do need to leave with your pet.
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