Summer means fun in the sun, but it also means parts of the U.S. and Puerto Rico are right in the middle of hurricane season. According to www.weather.com, hurricane season typically runs from June 1 – Nov 30. Years past have brought some devastating storms, this year the experts are predicting less activity. While this is reassuring to hear, it always pays to be prepared. So, protect your pets this hurricane season (and the rest of the year) with our safety tips regarding pets and hurricanes.
Pets and hurricanes: protect your pet during hurricane season
It is always a good plan to stock up on food, water, basic necessities, comfort, and first aid for you and your pet. If the power goes out you will want to have lighting options – flashlights, candles, and stock up on plenty of batteries.
Pet emergency kit
According to Trupanion veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Nold, “Preferably your pet’s emergency kit should be stored in a waterproof container that can be easily moved. This kit should include at least a two weeks supplies of water, food, can opener, cat litter/litter box, and include pet’s medical records.”
Tropical storms can morph into a hurricane rather quickly. The speed and velocity of a hurricane can change at a moment’s notice, so it is best to stay informed. You want to know the minute evacuation becomes a mandatory requirement. Also, news outlets and emergency apps are an excellent way to stay informed. Additionally investing in a hand-crank powered emergency radio is another great option.
Secure your belongings
If you choose to stay in the comfort of your home, make sure you have properly secured your home. The storm may startle or scare many pets, which would give them the option to try to run away. Secure all windows with boards and reinforce doors. Reside with your pets in a single room and steer clear of outer windows and doors for security. Further, provide the pet’s carrier for comfort and security.
Find comfort in a pet carrier
Your pet carrier should be included as part of your animal’s necessary belongings. According to Nold, “your pet should be comfortable in the carrier. Getting your pet used to the carrier should ideally be done over weeks to months, not days to hours. Also, the carrier should be a proper size for your pet.” Comfort can go a long way when battling Mother Nature, make sure you have all of your furry companion’s favorite bedding and toys.
Identification is very important for your pet. “Make sure your pet can be identified if they get separated from you, ideally this means they would be microchipped in addition to a physical tag with contact information. Also, consider including a recent photo of your pet that may help identify if they are to become lost” states Nold.
Nold says, “if your family is at risk of being hit by a hurricane, it is best to plan in advance. Plan in advance where you going to evacuate to, as many shelters, and hotels do not allow pets. By evacuating early, this allows the flexibility to take your pet with you.” Further, check with local shelter requirements in advance.
pets and hurricanes: prepare for the unexpected
By providing necessities, keeping identification available, and preparing in advance you can help protect your pets when that hurricane strikes and be out of harm’s way.