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ID tags, pet carrier, kit for disasters will make evacuation plan easier.
Do not leave pets at home, especially if you live in an evacuation area.
Even if they survive the storm, they might flee a damaged home and be lost in the chaos. Or they could be trapped inside without food, water or supervision.
It might be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead:
– HOTELS: In advance, contact hotels and motels outside your area to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species.
Ask whether “no pet” policies could be waived. Keep a list of “pet-friendly” places, including phone numbers with other disaster information.
For an impending storm, call ahead for reservations. The website pets welcome.com maintains a list of hotels that accept pets.
– FRIENDS, RELATIVES:
Ask friends, relatives or others outside the area whether they could shelter your animals. Make arrangements with neighbors to help evacuate pets in the event you can’t get home.
Pet care tips
– Vaccinate your pet. If you haven’t already done so, get those shots now. Infectious diseases can become a big threat after a disaster.
– Get your pet an ID tag. If a pet becomes lost or escapes during the confusion of an evacuation, proper identification will increase the chances of a safe return home. The tag should include your cellphone number and, if space allows, the number of an out-of-town contact. Consider having your pet tattooed or microchipped.
– Get a pet carrier. You will need a pet carrier or cage for each dog, cat, bird or small animal. It must be big enough for each pet to stand up and turn around comfortably.
– Take clear, color photos (front, left and right sides) of you and your pet together, in case of ownership disputes — and store these with your pet’s license, medical records and ownership papers in a waterproof carrier to take with you. Take photos with your cellphone so they’re stored there as well.
Pet disaster kit
– Medications and medical records (in a waterproof container)
– A leash
– A collar or harness for each pet
– Non-spill food and water dishes
– 14-day supply of food, water in nonbreakable containers
– A manual can opener
– Grooming supplies
– Your pet’s blanket and a favorite toy
– Cleanser and disinfectant to handle wastes
– Newspapers or litter, paper towels and plastic bags