Natural Disaster Planning: 4 Tips for Pet Owners
2017 had a number of disasters that hit different parts of the United States, from Hurricane Irma that devastated Puerto Rico, Hurricane Harvey, which affected Texas and Louisiana, and the California wildfires that burned acres and acres of land in both Northern and Southern California. At Peaceful Pets, although of course we care about the human lives that were distressed by these situations, we wonder what pet owners had to do to survive with their adored pets. So here are some tips that you can use before the next natural disaster strikes your area.
It’s important to have a designated area that you and your pets can hide for shelter, but you should also know your surrounding neighborhood. Do you know where your local evacuation centers are? Identifying these centers also means looking into whether or not they accept pets. You don’t want to be stuck at the last minute bringing your family and three dogs to an evacuation center that doesn’t accept pets.
Keep in mind that certain weather related disasters are typically tracked beforehand, so in the event that a hurricane or heat wave is headed your way, make sure to have a safe place to escape to. Think about staying at a relative’s place in a non-affected area, or maybe even travel to another state to avoid the disaster altogether.
#2. Pet Stress
Animals can easily get stressed out hearing sounds like high winds and thunder. Not to mention how scary it can be for your pets when an earthquake occurs. Pay attention to the stress that they are having and try to do what you can to comfort them. Also consider what they might feel if they are moved to an unfamiliar location (like an evacuation center or someone else’s home). Gone are the familiar scents a pet is used to, which can be terrifying and disorienting. Make sure to bring with you some of their favorite toys and belongings in an attempt to comfort them.
Aside from food and clean drinking water, make sure you have other important pet necessities like their identification. Just in case your pets get lost, they can be identified easily if they are tagged properly. Vet records can help other vets understand and get insight into their past medical history. This helps vets spot any issues faster in case there are any. Lastly your pet’s medication is obviously important. Make sure to grab that before leaving your home!
#4. Returning to Your Home
Once you’ve survived the disaster in a safe place. It’s time to return back to your home. If your home has been damaged it may take some time for you to adjust (and your pet as well). For starters, letting them loose in your home is not safe, until you’ve had a chance to survey the area. For obvious reasons miscellaneous items can be hazardous if they are littered around your house. For your pet it can be very disorienting for them to arrive back to their home, with the house still being in a state of duress. Be patient with them as they try to get back into their routine around your home. Just like it will take you some getting used to, it will definitely take your pets some time.
Naturally a lot is going on in your head, during a natural disaster, between grabbing your necessities, food and water, and making sure your family is ok, we understand that there is a ton of pressure on removing yourself from disaster. That’s why we wanted to make sure you had four quick tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your pets safe and secure.
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