How To Keep Your Pets Safe During a Hurricane [Infographic]

By Kamellia Zeynali, August 1, 2016, Hurricane Prep

When it comes to preparing for a hurricane, we spend hours putting together a kit, coming up with the best evacuation route, and boarding up our windows to protect our homes that sometimes our little furry friends end up as an afterthought. But just as a hurricane can be deadly and stressful to your family and home, it can be even more for your pets. To help with your hurricane planning – and to ensure the smallest members of your family aren’t forgotten – we created an infographic on how to keep your pets safe during a hurricane.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During a Hurricane [Infographic]

Hurricane Pet Safety

As with all hurricane planning, it is important to have a plan in place before the hurricane hits.

If you need to evacuate take your pet with you. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.

Plan Ahead – Contact your local office emergency management to see what shelters in your area will allow people and pets.

  • Be sure you have a carrier and a leash handy.
  • Have your pet’s vet records and proof of vaccinations as some shelters may only allow pets that have had their rabies shot.
  • Include a favorite toy or blanket to help calm your pet

Call Ahead  – If you plan on staying in a hotel/motel call ahead and see if they allow pets. Some hotels may require a small pet fee or may not allow pets over a certain weight limit.

  • Sometimes during emergencies some hotels will waive their no pet policy or fees. Be sure to check all pet policies with the hotel you plan on staying.

Evacuate Together – Plan ahead if you can’t take your pet with you. Don’t leave your pet in a car as it is not safe. Try to make arrangements before the hurricane hits to board your pet at a reputable boarding facility, your vet (if they are able), or with a friend or family member that may be able to take your pet.

  • Some shelters may also be able to hold pets during a hurricane. Before the storm hits, call your local shelters and see if they can take your pet.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute – If you have larger livestock animals try to evacuate at least 72 hours in advance. You will need plenty of time to get your animals loaded in their trailers and safely on the road. Livestock trailers are unstable in high winds so you don’t want to be caught on the highway if storm winds are coming through.

If you don’t have to evacuate.

Have Identification – Make sure your pet has a collar,microchip, or other identifiable tag on them and make sure this information is up to date.

No Roaming – Always keep your pet on a leash. This will keep them safe from any hazardous debris, downed power lines, or dangerous wildlife. Your pet might also become disoriented or panicked after the storm and can get lost if allowed to roam loose.

Be Prepared – Don’t forget about your pet when creating your emergency kit! Pack enough food, water, and medication to last at least 3 days, litter, puppy pads, poop bags, picture of your pet, food dishes, or other items your pet may use on a daily basis.

  • Cats only require around 2-4 oz of water daily. Dogs need about 1/2 -1 oz of water per lb of body weight daily.
  • Do not allow your pet to drink standing water after a hurricane.

Never leave your pet chained up outside! – Bring your pets inside or into another sturdy shelter.

If you have larger livestock animals

  • Oddly enough, the safest place for your livestock to be during a storm is large pasture. Turn your horses and cattle loose in larger pastures or pens. Ensure these areas are free of overhead lines and have both a low area where they can seek shelter ( a pond, tree line, brush, etc.) and a high area where they are safe from raising water and debris.
  • Don’t lock your large animals in a barn. Storm winds can damage or collapse barns, trapping the animals inside which can lead to severe injuries or death.

For more tips on how you can keep your home and family safe in the event of a hurricane, check out the Hurricane Preparedness information we have here at Bounce Energy – including our Hurricane Preparedness Essentials Kit!

 

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A recent graduate from the University of Houston, Kamellia uses her marketing degree to write about everything from vacations tips to energy usage to holiday planning and more. On her downtime she likes to kick back with a good book or plan her next big trip.

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