Hurricane Pet Preparedness


Hurricane Pet Preparedness

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The hurricane season varies from year to​ year so one cannot predict how strong the​ storms could get at​ a​ certain time or​ how many will hit us. They say that global warming affects the​ storm systems and makes them more dangerous than ever. With that in​ mind,​ it​ is​ our responsibility to​ get prepared in​ advance and make sure that the​ most helpless members of​ our families,​ our pets,​ are taken care of.

Learning from the​ lessons of​ Katrina,​ many people rethink they approach to​ emergencies. it​ would take somewhere from several hours to​ several days to​ prepare your pets and put everything together,​ but the​ peace of​ mind that will come with the​ feeling of​ preparedness will be there for a​ long time.

There are some specific things (in addition to​ getting an​ emergency supply kit) we could take from Katrina and make sure that next time we know how to​ protect our four-legged friends when the​ hurricanes struck.

  • Watch the​ news carefully. Hurricanes are known to​ change speed and direction at​ a​ moment’s notice and you​ need to​ know immediately if​ your area is​ in​ its path. Sometimes your pets’ behavior will give you​ a​ clue. Cats and dogs are known to​ sense tornadoes,​ earthquakes and tsunamis hours before they come.

  • If you​ don’t have a​ basement or​ know your home won’t withstand a​ wind force of​ more than 60m/hr or​ a​ possible flood,​ determine how many hours you​ will spend in​ the​ house before evacuating. it​ may take hours or​ days,​ so make sure you​ have adequate supplies of​ water,​ food and pet medications.

  • Put your animals in​ one room where it​ is​ easy for you​ to​ care and pack them if​ you​ have to​ run out. Also,​ pets get scared easily by strong winds and thunderstorms and you​ don’t want to​ go on​ an​ all-house search to​ locate them. Make sure you​ bring their favorite toys,​ along with a​ litter box (will work for dogs in​ an​ emergency,​ too).

  • Many people forget that sometimes rain and wind precede a​ tornado or​ a​ hurricane. in​ that case you​ will need to​ leave the​ house and have your pets protected from the​ rain and wind on​ your way to​ the​ car or​ a​ shelter. Wrap your carrier with a​ blanket or​ have a​ towel/blanket on​ hand to​ dry your pet off when you​ are safely inside.

  • As most shelters won’t be able to​ take in​ pets,​ ask if​ they have any adjacent premises that you​ can use to​ build up a​ tent for your pets. in​ some areas local schools allow to​ use one or​ two classrooms for a​ make-shift animal shelter during an​ emergency. Put the​ tarp on​ the​ floor for easy removal afterwards. you​ can fit many crates and carriers if​ the​ need arises.


Hurricane season takes place every year. Be responsible and take some steps to​ minimize the​ risk to​ your pets as​ much as​ possible. For more emergency preparedness related information please visit http://www.PetsReady.com






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