Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Disaster Pet Preparedness

With the impending hurricane and storm warnings, please do not leave your pets behind! Some helpful tips include making a checklist that includes your pet(s). Have leashes, pet collars w/ID tags, meds, carriers/crates, car seatbelts, blankets, several days worth of food and water, current photos of your pets, and emergency info ready to go along with your own emergency plan. Have your pet's vaccination records with you in case evac shelters need to see them. Let other family members know of your plan. Have contact phone numbers with you. Charge your cell phone batteries and have a battery or car charger back-up. Have a flashlight and portable radio with fresh batteries handy. Be sure your vehicle has pet seatbelts or pet restraints and that your fuel tank is full in case of evacuation.
Be sure to ask if the shelters accept pets, even though there are many that do...there are some who do not!
Remember, you are not alone. There are agencies and folks available to help. For great resources, storm tracking, and much more be sure to check out the Animal Rescue Resource Page on Facebook.  
For an individual state listing of pet housing available - or if you can offer some safe space for pets during Hurricane - check out the Events Page on the Animal Rescue Resource Page.
You can also visit the Humane Society of the United States, and there is much information on the FEMA website, & ASPCA website and The Weather Channel's Preparing Pets for Weather Emergenices website, so be sure to click in and read what to do for pets for disaster preparedness. 
Check the Animal Shelters and Rescues Needing Help During Hurricane Irene Facebook page to see if you can help.
 If residing or visiting New York City, check out the Office of Emergency Management for info and a printable guide in 11 languages for Ready New York: Hurricane Guide and also a Ready New York: Pets Guide in 4 languages.
Humans can also check the  American Red Cross for more info. 
Do you want to know where Hurricane Irene is? Check the Weather Channel's Hurricane Tracker.
 Also, if a pet is lost or found during the hurricane, a Hurricane Irene Lost & Found Pets Facebook page is a good place to check.
 Above all...let's be safe out there.
 

16 comments:

  1. Great info...listen up everyone!

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  2. You are always on top of things. Great PSA. We hope Irene decides to turn East and head out to sea.

    Stay safe.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  3. Very good info. Better to be prepared and hope it is all for nothing.

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  4. We are keeping our paws crossed wishing safety to all of you who are in the pat of this big storm.

    Thanks five sibes for the information too.

    Be watchful and careful

    Bert

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  5. Excellent! Pawsitive thoughts for all those (hu & pup) effected by this storm...

    RA, Isis & nuknuk

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  6. EXCELLENT and very timely !!! THANKS

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  7. Great post! Thank you so much for the reminder and all of the great links!

    - Starbuck, Nari and Alpha

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  8. Wow, great reminder to everyone! I hope all pets and peeps will stay warm, dry and safe through this storm. Thanks for the info!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  9. Great advice!! I cannot imagine running away and leaving my sweet ones behind...no way! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly, Angel and Lilly

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  10. We send White Dog positive energy that all our East coast friends stay safe and take the fantastic advice that you posted...this information is VITAL!

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  11. Great post! We hope that all of our friends on the East Coast stay safe in the upcoming days!

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  12. Not that we expect to have to evacuate, but Irene is on track to pass right over us. Mom's got just about everything ready, just in case. I have a few good tips on my blog today too.

    Miss Moo

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  13. Great info. Unfortunately itlooks like there are many who are going to be needing this information.

    Paws crossed for everyone to be safe.

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  14. Thanks for those tips. We are not accustomed to the big winds here and it is good to have a list of things to do to get ready.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  15. I like your updates! I checked out my local resource page on facebook and they seem to have it all covered too!

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  16. I don't know how you do it, but you always share great info when it comes to pet safety. So glad you made this info available to folks. I cannot imagine leaving my dogs behind, but I know for a lot of people there seems to be no alternative. So much has changed since Hurricane Katrina. So many more resources are available to folks. Your list is awesome.

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