Preparing your pets for hurricane season

Preparing your pets for hurricane season

A hurricane preparedness plan is important for residents living along coastal section, however, humans aren't the only ones who need to be prepared.

Experts say pet owners should have an emergency plan that accounts for their animals as well.

According to the American Red Cross, it is important to create a check list of pet supplies you will need. This should include leashes, collars, current ID tags, and any medicine your pet is taking, a three day supply of food and water, and medical records.

Things can get tough in an evacuation, but you want to make sure your pets are taken care of just like every member of the family. Just think, if it's not safe for you to stay, it's more than likely not safe for your pet to stay as well.

Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters.

In fact, according to a report from USA today, during Super Storm Sandy, 15 million dogs along with 14 million cats were abandoned. This is why experts recommend contacting hotels and motels further inland to check their pet policies. Ask friends or relatives if they could help watch your pet.


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