Hurricane preparedness for pets

Welcome to the 2020 Hurricane season …. which, if the year so far is anything to go by

may need some preparation! Below are some tips to help along the way. Stay safe.


1. Update your pet collar tags and check the info is correct on electronic tags. Use cell phone numbers NOT home numbers.

2. Get together a “grab bag” This should be a rucksack type back pack (put a plastic bag inner liner inside for waterproofing contents) The bag should include;
> Dog’s Shot records (laminated or sealed in plastic) – You may need these at any shelter upon planned or emergency evacuation.
> Photograph of your pet taken today with your phone Hard copy laminated and post a copy to your facebook page so that if your phone containing is lost or damaged you can bring the picture up on any PC laptop or electronic device. The photograph may be needed for lost posters or info to shelters.
> 3 Days dry food individually sealed in zip lock bags
> Water for your dog or water sterilizing tabs if you have them
> Poop bags and hand sanitizer
> Spare leash
> Harness (helps for lifting and transport) Pockets in harness can be used for extra storage
> Medications
> Small bottle of Hydrogen peroxide to clean wounds and roll of self sticking bandage
> Bottle of “Wonder Dust” pet ointment by farnam $9 available from Amazon (Powder that seals wounds)
> Soft muzzle – If your dog is injured, needs treatment or is afraid and defensive or is normally unpredictable or aggressive towards humans you may need this to prevent injury to rescuers when carrying or passing your dog.
> Welding gloves – prevent bites to hands or scratches from pet cats.
> Numbers and locations of any pet shelters available
> Local Map (your GPS may not work)
> Flashlight
> Light up or reflective pet collar

3. Keep pets inside 24 hours before storm is due to hit

4. Don’t panic (dogs pick up on emotion and you will panic them and make them unpredictable)

5. If hunkering down have your dog with you. Make it feel safe but not cornered.

6. Play music if possible to reduce storm noise outside (soft or happy music NOT heavy metal or hard rock)

7. Keep your voice tones light and playful

8. Don’t fuss nervous dogs, calm happy leadership is the key.

9. Have collapsible crates available (You may need them later)

10. Help elderly neighbors with their pets (your crates may come in useful here)

11. If you are FORCED to leave your dog/cat in the house DO NOT confine them to one room. Allow them access to upstairs (in a flood they will need to get to a higher part of the house. Place a laminated or water proofed sign on the door and upstairs windows for rescuers with pet details that need to be rescued. If you change your mind and evacuate with your pets remove the signs or write “evacuated” in permanent sharpie so that rescuers dont waste valuable time searching for pets that are not there.

Keep calm and keep safe

(Copyright Darryl Payne 2016)

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