how to care for your pet

During a Disaster

If you are lucky you will be able to remain at home with your family and pets. If evacuation is necessary you should be prepared to take your pets with you.


Riding Out a Disaster at Home

Bring your pets indoors at the first sign of a storm or disaster. Never leave your pet outside or tied up during a storm!

Many animals are frightened by severe weather and other unusual occurrences and will hide or run away, so it is important to bring them inside as soon as you can.

Be aware of the natural disasters that are most likely to occur in your area and take those into consideration when selecting a safe room in which to take refuge.

If you are most likely to experience tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes select a room where storms or earthquakes are least likely to cause falling debris or broken windows that may injure you and your pets.

If you are likely to experience flooding select a room on the highest level in your home or a room where your pets can be up out of the flood waters.

Separate dogs, cats, and smaller pets. Even though your dogs and cats normally get along well together, they may become anxious and act in an uncharacteristic manner when closely confined under the stressful conditions of a disaster. For this same reason keep smaller pets (ferrets, hamsters, rabbits, birds, etc.) away from dogs and cats.

If you have a crate for your dog or cat, or a cage for smaller pets, bring it into your safe room. If pets become stresses it may be safest to confine them to their crate or cage.

Fill bathtubs and sinks with water to ensure access to fresh water. Supervise pets or children, and prevent unsupervised access to full bathtubs and sinks.


Evacuating Your Home

If you are forced to evacuate take your pets with you. Pets are not likely to survive if left on their own. You may not be able to return to your home for days or even weeks. Pets that are left behind will be in great danger.

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