Whether it’s a hurricane, bushfire, tornado or flood happens in your area, it is very important to secure the safety of every family member including your pets. Plan ahead for these natural disasters while it is warm and dry. Now for some tips.
You should have a plan of action. There are only two options in a disaster scenario. It’s either you evacuate or stay inside the house.
If ever your town is instructed to evacuate, you must do so immediately without hesitation. But before leaving, you need to have your emergency kit or go bag ready. Prepare the emergency supplies you’ll be carrying days before the evacuation. They should be in a safe and accessible place ready to be loaded into your bag. Get your pet’s stuff ready with the storm essentials.
It should include sufficient food and water for three to seven days for pet and owner, waterproof plastics for medical history and two-weeks supply of medications; pets’ photos in the event you get separated and need to post flyers, cleaning supplies, food bowls, blankets, and toys.
Make sure that you know the place of the shelter or hotel and ensure that pets are allowed. Never leave your pets at home.
Your pets should already be wearing their ID tags with your contact details whether you are evacuating or staying in. You may want to consider tagging or implanting a microchip with identity information on your pet way before the storm arrives so that in case of separation, the microchip can be scanned in vet offices. The vet will perform the implant. It will feel like a routine shot. Ensure to check all your contact details in the microchip are updated.
If you are staying home, just be prepared for a sudden change of plans like evacuating. Keep your pets leashed in their crates inside the house. Get your pet familiar with his crate long before a typhoon. Leave it out for him to see and play with so that he won’t have any negative vibes when seeing it.
Secure them before the hurricane hits. Once the storm hits, pets and the owner should stay in one secured window-less room as much as possible with your emergency supplies and carriers close by. Your supplies should be full for humans and animals for at least seven days.
Soothe and calm your dogs gently as the storm hits. Never tranquilize your dogs thinking that it will be easier for them. You need them to be as alert as you are during this time.
Most pets have noise, thunderstorm or storm phobia and in the event that happens, which is most likely to happen, you might not know how to contain them when they become restless. They need you to be courageous during this time.
They can sense your emotions whether you are panicking, afraid or confident so a calm demeanor can make their fear subside. Make sure you have enough treats for them as rewards for good behavior and to easily calm them when the strong winds and booming thunder comes around.