It's important to be prepared to both ride out the storm at home or leave your home if your area receives an evacuation order. Have a plan and prepare a pet emergency kit well in advance of the time the storm is expected to hit your area.
If you are at home during the storm you could experience power outages and flooding that could last for an extended period of time even after the storm has left the area.
Make sure you have on hand:
- Food and bottle water* - a three week supply of food for each pet
- Pet first aid kit
- Food/water bowls
- A manual can opener
- Garbage/clean up bags & sanitizing cleaner - to clean up any "potty accidents" and discard pet waste
* 1 quart/day (for pets under 30 lbs.) 1/2 gallon/day (for pets 30 - 60 lbs) 1 gallon/day (for pets over 60 lbs)
If you need to evacuate be sure to pack:
- Food and water - A three day supply for each pet.
- Carriers, leashes, collars, and harnesses - to keep your furry friend, who may run out of fear and panic, safe and secure. You would also need them if you go to an emergency shelter.
- Towels and Blankets - To stay dry and warm
- Identification tags - make sure they are legible with up to date information. If your pet is micro-chipped make sure the information in the data base is correct.
- Medical records - make sure they are current, in order, and readily available. In the event you have to bring your pet to an emergency shelter, you will need to prove that their vaccinations are up to date.
- Favorite blankets and toys - this will be a stressful time for your pet and they will welcome something that brings them comfort and reminds them of home. Cats are especially sensitive to change. A Kitty Comfort Mat in the bottom of your kitty's carrier is a good way to help keep your cat calm and reduce stress.
Pack everything in waterproof packages/containers that are easy to carry in the event you need to leave. If your cat's litter box is in a basement, or other area that floods, be sure to move it to a area that will not take on water. Kitty will not want to go through water to use the box.
Being prepared and staying informed is the best way to keep you and your pets save no matter what the weather brings. For more information on emergency preparedness for your pets visit http://www.redcross.org.