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September 14, 2013

Hurricane Season – How To Prepare A Pet Emergency Kit

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and The Humane Society of the United States is reminding pet owners to prepare by taking some simple – but critical – steps to keep their companions

While the path and strength of tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms are often uncertain, The HSUS urges pet owners to prepare an emergency plan and kit and to remain informed about the potential for evacuation in their area.

When the weather gets ominous, its crucial that pet owners keep their pets inside if they are able to stay at home or to take pets with them if asked to evacuate in the face of a potentially destructive storm.

Remember if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets! It’s also important to have a pet emergency kit kitted out for every pet you own.

Start with proper up-to-date ID on a collar – even for indoors only pets.

The kit should include:
• Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water. Be sure to include a can opener if including canned food.
• Bowls for food and water
• Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings. Ideally you should also be in the photo.
• Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies
• Comfort items such as a toy and blanket
• Small garbage bags
• Paper towels
• For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.
• For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport

More than 396 million pets reside in 68 percent of American households. A Zogby International poll, conducted after Hurricane Katrina, found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them. The HSUS recommends creating a list of hotels and boarding facilities that allow pets and discussing bringing pets with you to stay with family members.

When disaster strikes, the same rules that apply to people apply to pets – preparation makes all the difference. For more information on how to prepare for disasters, please visit humanesociety.org/prepare.

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