Pets are important household members
Preparing your pets for emergencies makes sense.
Surviving a disaster or an emergency that impacts your household or your community, largely depends on the planning that you have done in advance of the event.
Without planning and preparedness, an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack reduces your capacity to respond and your options for survival may be compromised.
In today’s volatile environment preparing for the unexpected makes perfect sense. Millions of animal owners nationwide are doing just that.
Besides learning and being aware of the risks in their communities there are things you can do today to prepare, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives that will ensure their safety.
Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for you and your pets. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside.
Keep in mind that in an emergency such as a hurricane, emergency crews may be overwhelmed by the situation, not have access to your area or be available to assist you, so, planning in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets is recommended.
Neighbors, friends and relatives have the same dilemma and involving them in advance planning to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so is advisable.
An alternate back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself for a long term and/or flexible to event conditions should be considered.
The Pet Safe Coalition of Nassau County NY, in one of the most hurricane prone areas in the country offers some
Hurricane Awareness Tips and information for pet owners that can help you in preparing your plans.
Additionally the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management provides a
Hurricane Storm Surge Map that depicts those areas that will be flooded during a storm or hurricane affecting those living in low lying areas of the island that will need to evacuate.
Preparing for your loved ones, including your pets makes sense.
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