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Protect Your Pets In The Event of A Heavy Rains and Flooding

Friday, October 2, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

 

petsfloodMuch of the eastern seaboard is under an unprecedented flood threat. In the event of major flooding, it’s important to have a plan to protect your pets. Here are some steps to take to ensure your pets safety.

  1. Make sure pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
  2. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  3. Your pet should be microchipped. This makes identification easy if necessary.
  4. Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Strange sounds such as thunder can cause  pets to become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  5. Keep a pet emergency supply kit, including the following: three-or-more-day supply of food and drinking water; bowls for food and water; current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings; medications, vaccination records (especially rabies records) and first aid pet supplies; comfort items such as a toy and blanket; small garbage bags; for dogs – a leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area; and for cats – a litter box and litter as well as a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.
  6. Keep a list of pet friendly places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies close at hand  in case you need to evacuate. Many hotels or motels and facilities don’t allow pets, make sure you check before making any plans or reservations.

Remember, your pets count!

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