Texas is just beginning to recover after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the state last week, when the storm dumped 19 trillion gallons of water on the region. It left behind catastrophic flood damage to residential areas, which experts claim will amount to at least $35billion, about what Katrina cost in 2005.
Sadly, there was also loss of life, both human and animal; the number of which is expected to rise.
To add insult to injury, Hurricane Irma is now posing another significant threat, prompting state of emergency declarations in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Although Irma’s path remains uncertain, Florida Gov. Rick Scott stated yesterday: “In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”
We couldn’t agree more, as this is now more a case of “Expect the Expected”, so we implore you to do the same for you and your family, including your furry members too.
PLEASE DON’T DELAY – use the tips below to check your safety measures are up to date and keep your furry family safe and sound in the case of any emergency.
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND – they may not manage to survive on their own or may run off in fear, never to be reunited with you again!
DO YOUR HOMEWORK – While you may not live in an area which suffers from natural disasters, check out your travel destination to see if they suffer any seasonal issues.
GET ORGANIZED – make up an emergency kit for your pets and be sure to keep it in a handy place, so it’s easy to grab when you really need it. Also, if you’re in a flood risk area, make sure it’s in a watertight container and preferably not in the basement. Please see the checklist provided below to help you:
16 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR CANINE COMPANIONS’ EMERGENCY KIT
1. 3-day supply of water and food (MINIMUM) – You can never predict the intensity of disaster, so it is always a safe practice of having an adequate supply of food and water for the whole family
2. 7-day supply of any medication your dog is taking PLUS a written copy of all medications, dosage instructions and any other health conditions, such as food allergies, that would be useful should you ever have to leave them with a boarding facility.
3. Pet carrier – it can come in handy if you have to travel to another place with your pets.
4. Lightweight bowls & can opener (if you stock canned food or you need to purchase additional supplies and that’s the only type available).
5. Towels and Blankets for your pets
6. Gloves and hand sanitizer for yourself
7. Leash and Harness (ideally a harness with a handle, so you can easily lift your dog over hazards and obstructions, or into boats, especially if they get injured).
8. Plastic bags
9. Litter pan scoop
10. Contact details of your veterinarian and local emergency animal shelters
11. Copies of your pet’s vaccination certificates
12. Microchip number
13. List of pet-accommodating boarding facilities, should your whole family need a different place to stay for a while.
14. A RECENT photo of your pet and a note of your contact information – it might prove critical in reuniting you with your beloved pet, should you get separated from them in the chaos.
15. Some treats and a favorite toy to lower stress levels and keep them occupied
16. Consider additional clothing such as weatherproof dog-coat, life vest or booties
We hope you’ll never have to use this disaster emergency pack but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Wishing you and all your furry friends a safe and stress-free September!