With Hurricane Sandy still fresh on our minds, many pet owners have had to stop and wonder what they would do with their furry family members if a weather emergency struck them. Most of the people affected by Sandy had fair warning and were able to get their pets somewhere safe before the storm hit, but what if the emergency were sudden? How can you be sure you would be properly prepared?
Your Emergency Kit
If you are a pet owner, it is imperative that your emergency kit is stocked not only with the things your family needs, but also the things your pet needs. This would include any medications your pet needs, enough food for a week of time, clean drinking water and other supplies your pet uses on a daily or weekly basis.
Your Evacuation Plan
After you have packed your emergency kit, you need to prepare an evacuation plan. If you had to evacuate, where would your pet go? Most shelters in emergency situations do not allow pets, so you will need to have a friend some distance away who is willing to take yours. You can also research pet friendly hotels nearby, and have a list handy that you can turn to in an evacuation situation.
Purchase a crate or carrier for your pet, even if you don’t regularly use it. In an evacuation situation, your pet is going to be scared, so you need to have her contained in a sturdy container that can be secured for transport.
No one wants to be the victim of a weather emergency, but if you can be prepared ahead of time, you can be sure that your pets will come through it safely, thus keeping your family intact no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.