Thursday, August 13, 2009

Public Service Announcement

It is the time of the year when we have I am posting this for all ya'll folks that live in the cone of death areas (not to be confused with the dreaded cone of humility).

Hurricane preparedness for your pets :
Most public shelters do not accept pets. Therefore, it is crucial that you make plans ahead of time. Staying with friends or relatives in a non-evacuation zone is the best option.
Another alternative is to stay in hotels in a non-evacuation zone that are "pet friendly." Be sure to call ahead for reservations since they fill quickly.
And finally, if you can't find arrangements to stay with your pets, call a veterinarian office or boarding kennel to see if space is available.

If you leave your pets behind...
Be aware that your pets may not survive.
When frightened, they can escape through damaged areas or broken windows. They can die from exposur, contaminated food or water, or be run over by a vehicle.

If you don't have to evacuate...
Pets will be safest in a crate or carrier during the storm.
If your house is damaged, they could escape if not in a secure place. Once escaped, there will be no normal landmarks or scents, and they may not find their way home.
If you bring plants in your house, keep them away from pets since many plants can be poisonous.

After the storm...
Check the pets surroundings.
Walk your pets on a leash until they become familiar with their home again.
Check food and water for contamination.
Watch for downed power lines and other dangerous debris.
If you lose power, don't allow your pets to be around candles or oil lamps.

Pet Evacuation Kit
Collar, tags and sturdy leash
Medical records, current photo, immunization information
Food and water (minimum of two-week supply)
Ziplock bags for treats, toy, etc.
First aid kit
Pet carrier
Cat litter, scoop and pan
Plastic bags for waste
Paper towels for messes
Brush or comb
Muzzle, if necessary
Mark all belongings with identification


Inky and Molly said...

oh dear oh dear, why would the shelter not allow pets or have at least a separate section for pets and why would anyone leave their pet behind??? Let's hope the Hurry-Cane doesn't hit anywhere near any pets...

BRUTUS said...

Gosh- that is some scary stuff! So glad we don't get hurricanes here on the Great Lakes!! Would hate to make those hard choices you talked about, but I guess you have to plan ahead if it's close to home for you! Hope everything away from where you live!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Jazzi said...

Pretty scary but good information. I am glad we dont have them here in Il. ya'll keep safe in those areas of the country

Jazzi said...

BTW, I am all about a shopping trip!! :D We do need a guy to carry our bags for us LOL

Dory and the Mama said...

Thank you so much for this great information!!!!!!!!! Not only for Hurry-canes but for Torry-Nados in my area!

You rock!!!

Poppy Q said...

That is great advice. We live in an earthquake zone and mum has an emergency bag packed with some changes of clothes, and some food for me. We leave my cat cage out and about just in case we had to leave in a hurry.

We hope you are safe from any hurricanes or other disasters, but it pays to be prepared.

Nice to meet you.

Poppy Q

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Thank you for making us aware of some really scary issues. We're glad we don't have those hurricanes where we live.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh boy,,,,he fainted dead away....this made him very nervous(that's Archie..he has a bit of a nervous problem) Now he is worried about you and all the other pups.We had a hurricane where we live once in Massachewsitts and it was awfull( well actually we weren't here yet but we head about it) Thank you for this scary info and we are hoping that you don't have any...not ONE..Love A+A

pughy said...

Hello, I dropped by to say thanks for visiting me.. I love visitors and look forward to seeing you again..

Hugs GJ xx

Mango said...

That is good information. I am glad I don't live in a hurry cane place.


TwoSpecialWires said...

We left right before the first storms starting boiling up. But before we left we made sure Grams has everything in order. For everyone. Including our Yorkie aunt and uncle. (It's weird to think of them that way!)

Stay safe and dry,
Jake and Fergi

Tosca the Lakeland Terrier said...

Hello! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Terriers of the world, unite! I hope you guys stay safe down there in Florida.