If you live in an area that is prone to certain natural disasters you should plan accordingly. Above all, we want you and your pets to be happy, healthy and most of all safe! So we offer these hurricane preparedness tips for you in the following days:
Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear or hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms and basements as safe zones
Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.
Step 1: Arrange a Safe Haven
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:
Contact us for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
Step 2: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:
Make sure all pets
wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID
tag should contain their name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your
Microchipping your pet
as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the
skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal
Always bring pets
indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become
disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
Store an emergency kit
and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the
family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry.
Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
Pet first-aid kit (ask your vet what to include).
3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
Litter or paper toweling
Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires.
At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet.
A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet.
Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.
Please call us at 713-526-1306 for medication refills and any other questions that you may have. Be safe Houston, Turn Around Don’t Drown!
In the event of an emergency, Gulf Coast Animal Emergency will be open weather permitting: