Preparing Our Pet Animals for a Hurricane
Hurricane season is already upon us in 2023. So it’s important to make sure that not only us humans, but also our pets and animals are properly prepared. Hurricanes can be potentially devastating particularly when it comes to animals. Preparing them is essential in ensuring our furry family members are safe and secure.
Hurricane season in Florida is from June 1st to November 30th of every year.
In this article, we offer tips and tricks you can use to help your pets and animals before and during a hurricane. For information on hurricane preparations for you and your property see our article: Preparing for Hurricane & Preparedness Checklist Florida 2023
Gather Pet Supplies
Gathering needed supplies before the store approaches is important. Be sure to start sooner than later to avoid stores from being overcrowded.
- Pet Food
Ensure your pets and animals have an ample amount of their normal food and fresh water for at least a month.
- Pet Medications
Do your pets take medications for flea, tick, or heartworm prevention? Make sure they have enough medicine to last for one-month.
- Unique Needs
Does your pet or animal have any special requirements specific to them? if so, make sure you have an emergency supply if needed.
Planning things out ahead of the storm is essential. Make sure the follow are done beforehand:
- Designated Pet Safe Place
Identify the safest place for your pets to be. Make sure to stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors. Do not let your pets go outside during a hurricane. Once the storm has past, be aware of fallen debris, moving water, and downed power lines.
- Evacuating Your Pet
In the event of an evacuation, it may be difficult to find shelter for your animals, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes to do your research. Many cities are developing shelter plans for animals. Check if your local emergency shelter plan includes pets.
Here are some tips for preparing your pets for a hurricane. Make sure you have:
- Ample amount of pet food in case streets are closed
- Plenty of pet medication in case stores are closed
- A secure collar with up-to-date ID and info
- A plan for where to take your pet if evacuating
Below are some things to consider for your pet depending on the circumstances:
- Pet carrier to control and transport your animal
- Practice your pet being handled or wearing a muzzle
- Take your animal to the vet before and after a storm
- Microchip your animal so it can be found faster
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Use this hurricane preparation checklist for your pets to remember daily. Check-off tasks you have done. This will help you keep track of the things that still need to do.
In closing, by preparing ahead of time, you can ensure that your pets and animals stay safe during a hurricane. Being informed and proactive is the best way to ensure loved ones are taken care of in the event of severe weather. Take the time to stock up on supplies, create an evacuation plan, and provide comfort and assurance to your pets and animals during this stressful time. Preparation is key in keeping all your family members are safe during hurricane season.