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What About Our Pets?

2012 September 6

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By Lina Younes
This summer we’ve had our share of weather events from intense heat waves, unexpected storms wildfires, hurricanes and floods. Given that we still have nearly three more months of hurricane season, the threat of tropical storms is still there. While I’ve written several blogs on having a plan for these unexpected events, there is one thing that I haven’t addressed. What shall we do with our pets in an emergency?
If you have pets at home, make sure to make plans on how to ensure their safety before a storm or emergency. Most emergency shelters do not allow pets. So where are you going to take them if you have to evacuate your home or seek disaster refuge? As you develop your own emergency plan, take into consideration what you are going to do with your pets before, during and after a storm.
  • In advance of a storm, contact your local animal shelters and local animal control services for information on protecting your pets in an emergency.
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association also provides information and resources to assist veterinarians and animal owners to prepare for animal safety in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Develop a pet disaster supply kit for your animal. Make sure you have the proper identification, immunization records, a pet carrier, and the like. If you have a cat, also have a portable litter box and fresh litter handy to take with you in case you evacuate.
With the proper planning you can make sure that you and your pet will survive the emergency as best possible. Since September in National Preparedness Month, now would be a good time to get ready before it is too late.
About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Buy diablo 3 gold permalink
    September 7, 2012

    In advance of a storm, contact your local animal shelters and local animal control services for information on protecting your pets in an emergency.

  2. Lina-EPA permalink*
    September 7, 2012

    Good advice. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Joe permalink
    September 10, 2012

    Good tips to take care of pets in times of emergency.

    Joe

  4. simon permalink
    September 10, 2012

    now would be a good time to get ready before it is too late.

  5. Lina-EPA permalink*
    September 11, 2012

    Simon,
    My point exactly! Time to prepare BEFORE a storm hits or BEFORE an emergency strikes.
    Lina

  6. Steph Rank permalink
    September 18, 2012

    such a great post and advice its a good tip to get ready and take good care of pets in times of emergency.

    Cairns Vet

  7. Robert permalink
    July 3, 2013

    Great tips! I have an e-kit in my basement, but I’ve never known exactly what to do with my pets in the case of flooding or something. Time to reassess and expand.

  8. Darren permalink
    July 28, 2013

    What a great read. Emergency planning is key preparation for any disasterous situations and important to be prepared if these unfortunate situations occur. Its always best to stock up onPet Care Suppliesprior to emergancy situations.

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