Hurricane Preparedness for Pets
Don’t forget your furry family members when planning for the storm!
Build a Kit
Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable:
- Food – At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water – At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
- First aid kit – Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
- Crate or pet carrier -Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Sanitation- Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- Familiar items – Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
- Important documents- Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Medicines and medical records
- Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
- Make sure you have a collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
- Keep a picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
Tips for Large Animals
If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to:
- Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
- Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
- Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
- Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
- If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.
Hurricane Evacuation Kit Checklist for Pets
- Pet carrier
- Medication for two weeks
- Food and water for one week
- Two slip leashes
- Printed and electronic copies of medical history
- Identification and contact information
- Take a photo of your pet before you leave your home
- Litter, piddle pads and trash bags
- Shampoo, brush, towels
- Plenty of patience
- Pet Rescue Resources