After last year’s hurricane season, I want to make sure that we’re as prepared as possible for another storm–especially our pets. What do we need to do to prepare our pets for another hurricane season?
Hurricane Prepared in The Heights
Dear Hurricane Prepared,
Like it or not, the 2018 hurricane season has officially begun. Even though many of us are still suffering the impact of Harvey, it’s time again to start watching the radar and making plans in the event of another storm. While there is lots of information available to humans on how to prepare for a potential storm, there is less information available to pet owners who are concerned about how to care for their pets in the event of a storm.
BARC recently compiled a helpful information sheet for pet owners to aid them in preparing their pet in case of a hurricane emergency. If you have friends and neighbors with pets who could benefit from this information, would you consider sharing this information and helping them to prepare as well?
Building A Pet Emergency Kit:
• Before a disaster occurs, build a pet emergency supply kit that includes items your pets use on a regular basis, including food, water, medications and familiar toys. Also be sure to include a photo of you and your pet.
• Collect all medical records, including a rabies certificate, pet license information and other important documents and keep them in a waterproof container or bag within the kit. Please ensure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Consider getting your pet the immunizations that boarding facilities require (typically bordetella) at their annual exam, in the event that you have to board them unexpectedly during storm season.
Developing A Plan for Pets:
• If your family plans to evacuate ahead of a storm remember that pets should never be left behind during an emergency. If it is not safe for people and it is not safe for pets.
• If an emergency requires evacuation, get your pet emergency supply kit and decide whether it is best for your pet to stay at a shelter. If you plan to take your pet with you, be sure the place where the family is going accepts pets.
• Please ensure that your pet is microchipped. This increases your chances of being reunited with your pet should he or she get lost during a disaster. Visit BARC’s website to learn more about the importance of microchipping your pet.
• Set aside a specific time every year to update your pet’s city license, veterinary, and microchip information. This information is crucial to reuniting your pet with your family if he or she becomes lost.
• Visit www.HoustonOEM.net and sign up for Alert Houston, the City’s Emergency E-mail Notification System to stay updated on the latest emergency news in Houston.
• If your pet is lost during a disaster, begin the search for him or her immediately by visiting the “Lost or Found a Pet?” page on www.HoustonBARC.com.
Having a plan in place for your pets takes some of the strain off of you during hurricane season. Whether Houston gets threatened by another storm this year or not, you can rest easy, knowing that your pets are prepared for anything that heads your way.
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