National Disaster Preparedness Month
Every year, hundreds of pet families are affected by flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters that are prone to Southwest Florida. Although many of these families have detailed emergency preparedness plans in place in the event of a natural disaster, often times these plans do not include specifics for pets.
Unfortunately, the significant risks disasters pose for the safety and welfare for pets are overlooked. That’s why we’re calling all pet parents to understand the importance of being ‘pet-pared’ for hurricane season. To quickly and easily confirm your pet’s safety during an emergency, follow these seven steps:
- Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that all contact information is up-to-date. You can update the microchip’s contact information at the manufacturer’s website by locating the code from the barcode sticker or the confirmation form provided by your veterinarian or animal shelter.
- Prepare a “Pet Emergency Kit” for pet supplies that are readily accessible in an emergency.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Request your HSN decal here.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Search for hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
Infographic provided by hillspet.com/food-shelter-love/emergency-help.html
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