Pets are family, and in times of distress, it’s important to treat them as such. Bookmark these safety tips for reference the next time a natural disaster occurs, courtesy of national humane organization American Humane.
1. Update Your Pet’s Information – Ensure your pet’s license information and microchip registration are up-to-date. Register your pet with mobiPET, a free AMBER-type alert system for missing pets.
2. Prepare a Kit for Your Pet – Assemble a kit with pet essentials: bowls, carrying cases, food, medication, water, etc. Keep it in an accessible area, preferably with your own emergency kit.
3. Note Your Pet’s Preferences – Be aware of the places your pet likes to hide—they may seek shelter there if they are separated from you during a disaster.
4. Secure Pet Exits – Make certain your pet cannot leave your home during a storm—bar access to cat doors, especially.
5. Keep Your Pet in Tow – If ordered to evacuate, take your pet with you—do not leave your pet behind. House your pet at a safe boarding facility, or stay at a pet-friendly hotel.
6. Understand Changes in Your Pet – Your pet’s outdoor (and indoor) environment may change after a storm. Your pet may exhibit notice by acting out or being self-protective—be sensitive to these changes, and comfort your pet in a quiet area, if possible.
Source: American Humane