Hurricane Ready: 6 Tips to Keep Pets Storm-safe
As Hurricane Irene threatens land along the Eastern Seaboard, our friends at the ASPCA have deployed emergency responders to help rescue and shelter animals displaced by the storm and are working closely with the New York City Office of Emergency Management's Animal Planning Task Force to assist with the city’s disaster relief efforts.
Developing and following an emergency plan in advance of the storm, including a potential evacuation in that plan is critical.
“Disasters threaten the safety of people and animals alike, and it’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Tim Rickey, Senior Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team.
For families who must evacuate their homes with their pets (evacuation centers and emergency shelters in New York City will be pet friendly), the ASPCA encourages people to do the following things:
1) Bring pets indoors at the first sign of the storm. Animals can become disoriented and wander away from home during a disaster.
2) Arrange a safe haven for yourself and your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.
3) Store an emergency kit— with items such as pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes—as close to an exit as possible.
4) Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.
5) Affix a rescue alert sticker (courtesy of the ASPCA) to your front door or window to let rescuers know that there are pets inside your home.
6) Choose a designated caregiver to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.
For more information on how to keep yourself and your pet safe in the event of an emergency, please read the ASPCA's complete list of Disaster Readiness tips or find other emgency preparedness tips at Petfinder.com. Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for the latest on this developing story.