With the passing of Gustav and Hanna, the East Coast is still not out of harm’s way. Scientists have predicted that there will be five major tropical storms in September. Each storm brings disarray to the cities, families and homes, which is why preparation and plans for evacuation are crucial in order to keep your family safe and together. With so many things to remember and the expense of evacuating, pets can be forgotten or left behind. Before more storms hit the coast, develop a plan of action for your family that is also in the best interest of your pet. The tips below can help ensure that your pet is safe and sound.
- Put updated ID tags on your pet, which includes their name, address and phone number. Schedule a visit with your veterinarian to have your pet microchipped. This can cost anywhere from $20 to $60.
- Purchase or prepare a pet carrier for smaller pets. Keep a blanket, bowls, food and water in the carrier so your pet will have everything it needs in case you have a long car ride to a safer location. If you have larger pets, setup an overnight bag that contains their leash and other essential items.
- Always keep your pets on a leash or keep them in a carrier. The sounds of the storm can scare them and cause them to run away out of fear.
- Never leave your animals behind or tie them up somewhere, because they will most likely not survive the rising floodwaters and lack of food.
- Determine where you would go in case a mandatory evacuation takes place. This will prevent you from wasting time thinking about where to go.
If you see animals in need who have been left behind, take them with you if you are able to. Otherwise, note the animal’s location and contact authorities so they can rescue the animal. You can also help by adopting the pets that no longer have a home. Many of the pets that survived Gustav have been relocated to shelters in Texas.
Sticking together and helping out others in need can make weathering the storm a little easier.