With the “Frankenstorm” scheduled to hit our area within the next 48 hours, the ASPCA is urging pet owners to have an emergency evacuation plan to keep their families and pets safe before the storm arrives.
“The best thing you can do for you and your pet is to plan ahead before Hurricane Sandy makes landfall,” said Dr. Dick Green, director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “Don’t wait until the last minute to see if Hurricane Sandy will affect your community. Act now and tune in to your local news to monitor the hurricane’s path. And remember, please take your pets with you if you need to evacuate.”
The following tips will help you prepare your family and pets for an emergency:
- Obtain a rescue alert sticker, or write the following down, which will let rescuers know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible and that it includes: 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian’s phone number.
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. The ASPCA recommends micro-chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
- Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
- Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies.
For more information on disaster preparedness and safety tips from the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness/, or visit their blog for the latest updates at http://blog.aspca.org/content/how-prepare-your-pets-hurricane-sandy.