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Make sure your pets are prepared for severe weather

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Making sure you, your family, and your pets are prepared for severe weather starts well before your weather radio starts going off.

Just like you want to have for the human part of your family, you’ll want to make an emergency kit for your furry friends as well.

This kit, that you’ll keep in your safe place, should include:

  • Food and water for at least five days
  • Any medications they may need, especially if they take anxiety medications, as this would be a stressful situation
  • Leashes and carriers
  • Grooming items
  • Litter box
  • Garbage bags and some cleaning items
  • Current photos in case you become separated

Most community storm shelters don’t allow pets. You should find a safe place for them to stay ahead of time.

Just like for yourself, you should also have a plan for them after a disaster.

If you leave your pet inside your home, there is a chance that you may not be able to return to that area if it sustains major damage.

Friends and relatives outside of your immediate area are always a good option. It may also be worth a call to local kennels and veterinarian offices.

Check out these websites for a list of some pet-friendly lodgings around your area:

Regardless of where you choose, when the time comes, it is crucial that you evacuate early.

The smell of smoke or the sound of high winds or thunder may make your pet more fearful and difficult to load into a crate or carrier.

Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing collars with ID tags that up to date.

Getting your pet microchipped may also increase your chances of being reunited if they get lost.

The Humane Society of the United States has more information on how to protect community or feral catshorses, and livestock or farm animals from storms.

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