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The hurricane season is about to start in just a couple of months. If you live on the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, you know this already, but are your prepared or are you waiting till the arrival of the first storm scare? Hurricanes, like brushfires, floods, and tornadoes, are difficult to get through without adequate preparation. However, if you arm yourself properly, you can make things safer and easier for yourself and your pet.
- Plan it out – Set down a course of action and make sure that you can get going in a moment's notice. Have all the necessary supplies ready in a safe and easily accessible spot. It is like having a flashlight or a candle under your sink in case you have a black out. You might not need them, but you don't have to stumble in the dark in case there is a blackout.
- Stick to your decision – Whatever course of action you decide on, stay with it. Otherwise, you risk putting your pet in danger. If your plan is to leave your town at the sign of the first warning, then do so. Changing your plan or your mind can lead to an unnecessary accident, as you will no longer be completely prepared.
- Keep your kit ready – An emergency kit for your pet is not very different to yours. Make sure it contains non-perishable food items, water for at least three days, a solid carrier, plastic bags, puppy pads, both you and your pet's medical supplies and records in a waterproof container, an extra leash, litter and litter box, and your pet's picture in case you get separated. Microchipping or tagging your pet will also make it easier to find him if he gets lost.
- Staying in – If you are going to stay at home till the storm passes, keep your pet on a leash or in his carrier. There is no telling when you will be forced to evacuate. Even if you don't have to clear out, you do not want to be in a position where you have to track down a petrified pet in the middle of chaos. Therefore, it is extremely important to secure your pup before the storm.
- Going out – Keep track of the latest news. If you are asked to evacuate by the authorities, you must do it as soon as you the warning. It helps if you have all your supplies packed and are ready to go. We suggest carrying a knapsack or a backpack that holds all your essential supplies. Make a note of where all the shelters are located and how to get there.
- Remain calm – Whether you choose to stay, leave early or asked to evacuate due to damage to the house of the severity of the storm, it is important to stay calm. Pets can read our emotions. So, if you stay calm, your pet will panic less. And make sure that you talk to your pet in a cam and soothing voice.