Hurricanes and Pets

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Image courtesy of Vlado / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

With hurricane Iselle hitting the big island in Hawaii, and it being hurricane season in general, I’ve decided to post about what you can do to help keep your furry family member safe.  In an article that I’ve read on the Discovery Channel News site, they say that identification of your pet is difficult after a disaster.  This is a lesson learned from hurricane Katrina at a shelter in Mississippi where many pets arrived with no identification or micro chipped.   Please chip your furry friend so that he/she can find his/her way back to you. 🙂

The article also recommends that you bring your pets indoors, to keep your dog on a leash and your cat in a comfortable room.  Your kitty can easily become disorientated from the air pressure changes and become frightened.

Keep your bug out bag nearby as well.  In your bug out bag be sure to have some food that both your pet and you can eat, it saves on weight and ensures both you and your furry loved ones have something to eat.  Also have a harness (for kitties), or leash, a carrier or cage as well as identification collar and rabies tag, detailed identification on all belongings, a leash (or harness for a cat), an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions and newspapers or trash bags for clean-up.

If you have to bug out, you need to bring your own supplies, the shelters only provide shelter.  No beds, food or water.  Pack what you need, but I recommend that you just take your bug out bag, due to the space provided for you at the shelter may be very limited.  If you’re able to shelter in place safely, do so.  But when asked to evacuate cooperate with authorities.  You can replace a house and personal belongings.  You can’t replace loved ones or yourself.

If you would like more information on what to put in a bug out bag, just Google bug out bag list or something similar.  Remember, these lists mainly have humans in mind, be sure to include for your pets as well.  These lists have apocalypse in mind, so adjust as needed.  Do not bring weapons with you to a shelter, they’ll turn you away and may even call the authorities.

Thanks for reading! 😀

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