Hurricane Preparedness For You And For Your Pet!

Golfcrest places the utmost importance on safety during hurricane season. Training, emergency drills, and public safety are all important this time of year! 
Please feel free to share this article on hurricane preparedness presented by SHARE-A-PET for you and your pet!!
 
Good Morning Share-A-Pet friends, 
Along with your family members, your “furry family member” is also a very important member of your household. The likelihood that your pet will survive a natural (or man made) disaster is increased when you do your emergency planning ahead of time.
 
What does this mean for you? 
 You can do this NOW:

  1. Get your pet a tag with your name, address and phone number.
  2. Get each pet a collar with the ID tag & rabies tag, along with a leash, and a harness for smaller pets. 
  3. Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a Ziploc bag or waterproof container and add them to your HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS KIT
  4. Determine shelter options for you and your pets. There are no hurricanes on our horizon at the moment…so you can look for these without the stress of needing shelter right away. Are there pet friendly motels, hotels or shelters within a 100-mile radius of your house?
  5. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter.
  6. Create 2 kits. KIT 1 will have everything you and your pet will need to stay home in case of a hurricane. KIT 2 will have everything you and your pet will need if you have to evacuate in case of a hurricane. Be sure to update your kits with fresh medicine and food for you and your pet(s).
  7. Food: Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

The KIT should be stored in a big plastic bin with a lid that affords airtight & watertight sealing. 
  
What are the KIT CONTENTS?

  1. Food & water: 3 days worth of food AND water per person/pet in airtight, waterproof container. Include foods with easy and long term storage, such as canned ready to eat meats, fruits, and vegetables, protein bars, nuts, dried fruits, raisins etc. Remember, our dogs cannot eat raisins.  
  2. Your pet’s favorite treats.
  3. Your pet’s favorite toys.
  4. Manual Can Opener.
  5. Eating utensils.
  6. Toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  7. Hand Sanitizer.
  8. Wet Wipes.
  9. Sanitary napkins.
  10. Medicines: keep an extra supply for you and your pet in a waterproof container (Ziploc bag or Tupperware container).
  11. Lightweight ponchos with hood.
  12. Four Light Sticks: Safe, glowing light lasts up to 12 hours each.
  13. 2 Flashlights with D cell batteries.
  14. A whistle.
  15. A deck of playing cards (easy entertainment and distraction).
  16. Dust Masks.
  17. One Multi-function Knife.
  18. A box of zip-lock bags.
  19. One AM/FM Radio with AA batteries.
  20. One 50-foot rope (2/8 sisal).
  21. If you have children, be sure to include activities for them.
  22. A crate for your pets, large enough for them to stand, turn around and lie down. Post the following information outside the crate: pet’s name, your contact information and your vet’s phone number.
  23. A picture of you and your pet together, in case your pet gets separated from you and you need to document ownership or ask people for help finding your pet. If you have to evacuate, you will need a Weather Proof Bucket to use as a toilet.
  24. Household chlorine bleach can be used as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach). In an emergency, you can add 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Please do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  25. Medicine dropper.
  26. Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  27. Additional items such as rubber gloves, towels and napkins.

First AID kits can be put in a backpack which you can easily carry: Antiseptic Wipes, Antibiotic ointments, Hydrogen peroxide, Cleansing pads, Tweezers, Bandaids, Gauze Pads, Gauze rolls, Scissors, Latex Gloves, Finger Splints, Advil, Tylenol (be sure to check the expiration date), Tums.
PET first AID kit: In addition to the above content, include heartworm medication, flea and tick medicines and any other medicines your pet is currently using. Also include a backup leash for each dog, a collar and an ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Add your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a Ziploc bag.
  
NOW THAT YOU ARE READY, what do you do?

  1. Assess the situation. Listen to the news or look online for more information. Follow instructions from local authorities regarding sheltering in place, or evacuating.
  2. Create a PLAN. Secure appropriate pet friendly lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Perhaps you know family or friends further inland who can take you and your pets in an emergency. Establish a meeting/gathering point near your home as part of your plan in case you can’t get to your home, or it is damaged.  Keep in mind that cell phones don’t always work during these storms, so you may not be able to get in touch with family members and loved ones to tell them where you are or where you should meet.
  3. Develop a buddy system. Be sure to have an alternate plan so that a neighbor, friend or family member is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. 

Remember, if you have a job that requires you to report during storms, such as those in health care or emergency response, you may not be able to concentrate and give the job your full attention unless you know your family, pets included, is safe.

For more information on hurricanes and safety, visit the website: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
For more information please contact: bindu@shareapet.org and 954-630-8763.
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