With hurricanes and storms approaching the East Coast states, it is important to include dogs and other pets in your disaster-preparedness plans.
Posted: June 6, 2012, 10 a.m. EST
Be sure your dog is wearing a secure collar with tags. If your regular tags have your home phone number on them, make sure to make an additional tag with a cell-phone number or place where you can be reached in case of evacuation.
Items to have on hand and take with you in case of emergency or evacuation:
- At least a three-day supply of food, water
- Any medication your pet takes
- Pet carrier or crate
- Have a photo of your pet, in case it gets lost
- Leashes, collars, and muzzles, if necessary
- A few of your pet’s favorite toys or comfort items (blanket, bed, etc.)
- Animal first-aid-kit
- Copies of your pet’s vaccinations
- Have a list of places where you can evacuate with your pet (relatives, pet friendly hotels, shelters, etc.)
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you. You can contact your local emergency-management office, animal shelter or animal-control office for advice and information about sheltering options. Or, visit one of these sites for pet-friendly hotels in your area:
Most Red Cross shelters do not allow pets. If you are unable to bring your pets to a shelter with you, have a plan on where to send them. Some states such as Maryland have a Pet Sheltering Plan, which will activate when mass care evacuation centers open. National animal organizations such as VCA or ASPCA have also assisted in times of disaster.
If you need to locate a shelter for your cat or dog during an emergency or disaster, listen to the radio/TV for instructions from local authorities, or contact the county emergency operations center for the location of a pet-friendly human shelter or other pet shelter for your pet.
If you are for any reason unable to take your pets with you, place an evacuation card outside of your home listing any dogs or other animals that have been left behind.
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