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Floridians are no strangers to hurricanes, but that doesn’t make them less stressful to deal with—especially when pets are involved. Make a pet hurricane preparedness plan before you need one to ensure you are ready in case of disaster. Animal Medical Center is happy to help you think through a plan for pets and hurricanes this season.

Planning Pet Safety During Hurricanes

When considering a pet hurricane preparedness plan, think about:

  • Your exit strategy: In the event of evacuation, your family should have a list of places that they can go in a hurry. This list should include places to accommodate your pets, with or without you. Not all disaster shelters allow our four-legged family, so options are key. Make a list of kennels, local animal shelters, and other facilities that are likely outside of the disaster zone that you can reach out to. Also consider looking for pet-friendly hotels outside a potential evacuation zone. 
  • What You’ll Need: Having things packed to move in a hurry can be a huge help when it comes to a hurricane. Packing your pet’s basic necessities as well can help get everyone to safety faster.
  • Ways to protect pets: Consider obtaining a pet rescue alert sticker to mark your home in case anyone is left behind. If you can before evacuating, update this sticker, so that first responders know if pets are present. Be sure to keep your pet’s tags and microchip registration up to date in case you become separated.

List for Pet Hurricane Preparedness

A basic list of pet hurricane preparedness items can be quite helpful. Be sure that your pet safety kit includes:

  • A supply of food
  • Fresh water
  • Bowls
  • A leash and/or pet carrier
  • A  litter box and litter for cats
  • At least a week’s supply of any medications
  • A hard copy of important phone numbers and potential shelters
  • A copy of your pet’s medical records (contact us if you need them)
  • A pet first-aid kit
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blankets

Keep any paperwork in a waterproof container. It is wise to keep these pet emergency supplies together near the exit of your home. 

We hope that you and your pets will never be in the path of a hurricane. In the event, however, that you are affected, we hope that we have helped you to be a little more prepared. Pet safety is important, and spending a little time to have a plan in place is a worthwhile endeavor.