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Hurricane Season Preparedness

Hurricane season is officially upon the Treasure Coast.  From June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 we are at significant risk of tropical storms and hurricanes.  Are you prepared for an emergency? What about your pets? We have compiled a list of supplies to have on hand in your disaster kits and other ways to ensure your pets are protected during an emergency.

If you are going to evacuate, plan to bring your pets with you.  Leaving them behind is not an option; they will be in grave danger if left alone.  Map your route out of town, contact hotels and shelters along the way to see which ones are pet friendly.  From my personal travel experience, I know that ALL La Quinta hotels are pet friendly, up to 2 pets stay with no additional charge.  If you are going to board your pets, ensure that the facility is a hurricane proof building. Contact out of town friends and relatives to see if you and your pets are welcome to stay with them until the storm passes.  Have the number and address of emergency veterinary hospitals along your route in the event of illness or injury.

Whether leaving town, or staying out the storm, make sure all pets are microchipped and the contact information is updated and correct, all pets should also have collars or harnesses with ID tags containing necessary medications and your contact information.

Make sure to include the following items to your hurricane preparedness kit:

  • Pet food for 2 weeks in an airtight and waterproof container
  • Water for 2 weeks for each pet
  • Can opener if pets eat canned food
  • Clean bowls
  • Medications filled for 1 month
  • All necessary documents, medical records regarding: vaccinations, illnesses or diseases, as well as feeding schedule and behavioral oddities
  • Collars or harnesses with ID tags, leashes and cages for each pet
  • Pet first aid kit including, but not limited to: Cotton bandage roll, non-stick pads (Telfa), bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, sterile saline, gloves, flea/tick and heartworm medication, and a pet first aid book
  • Poop bags, potty pads, cat litter, cleaner and paper towels, bedding for small pets and garbage bags for waste
  • Treats, toys, beds, thunder shirts and anxiety supplements to entertain and help keep pets calm
  • A picture of you and your pet together in case you are separated

The ASPCA will send you a FREE pet safety pack that includes a decal to put on your front door to alert first responders to pets in the house that need to be rescued.

If you have large animals you will need to decide if evacuation is appropriate for them.  All animals should have some sort of identification. Plenty of clean and dry food and bedding, adequate water supply and medications should be on hand.  Trucks and trailers should be ready to load animals onto with a mapped route to a safe end location that has veterinary care. Your large animal veterinarian can give you more tips on evacuation or preparation to wait out the storm.

More information on disaster preparedness can be found on the following websites:

www.cdc.gov

www.redcross.org

https://www.ready.gov/animals

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