Are You and Your Pets Prepared for a Hurricane?

I know its a bit late to be posting about hurricane preparation considering this year’s season has already come and gone, however, it’s never a bad time to learn and prepare for the future. Besides most of the following information can be applied to any emergency situation where you may be forced to evacuate your home.

Dr. Jo Ann Daniels, from Central Pasco Vet Care, has dedicated a lot of her time volunteering at hurricane disaster relief sites and has taken all that she has learned and compiled a list of advice and items to gather to help pet owners prepare for storms and evacuation with their pets.

One of the more notable items from the list is having your pet microchipped. A microchip is a tiny information storing chip that is placed under the skin of your pet. Animal shelters and humane societies can reunite you and your lost pet using the information provided from your microchip registration. Dr. Daniels scanned over 300 lost pets in Punta Gorda, Florida after Hurricane Charley passed...only one had a microchip!

A few key items excerpted from the list:
  • Keep your pet's paperwork (proof of vaccines and medical records) in a locking plastic bag. You will need these papers for boarding facilities or hotels.
  • All pets should have a collar or harness with proper identification. ID tags should include your name, address and phone number.
  • Stock at least two weeks of food and bottled water for each pet.
  • Find out in advance what evacuation zone you live in. Make inquiries to hotels, pet boarding facilities and family members inland to make arrangements for somewhere to stay.

The entire list isn’t terribly long and should only take a few minutes to read, but the amount of time and stress that will be saved by taking the time to prepare now will be priceless in the event of any future emergencies. To read the list in its entirety follow the link below.