Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Include Pets in Evacuation Plans

Via wjhg.com - As Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to gather strength as it moves toward the Gulf Coast, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reminds residents in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to take their pets with them if asked to evacuate.

While the path and impact of the storm is not certain, it could produce high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas. Residents in the potential areas of impact should stay up-to-date on the storm’s progress.

Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area. The HSUS is providing residents with information on evacuation resources and tips on Twitter.

Pet owners should be aware that many evacuation shelters do not accept pets, and they must plan their destination in advance. Hotels and motels may be willing to lift “no pet” restrictions in an emergency. Friends and family members living outside the area may be able to provide shelter too.

Please check with your local animal shelter or emergency management office to determine if a pet friendly emergency shelter will be set up in your location. Pet owners should remember that having your pet microchipped dramatically increases the chanced of reunion if that pet becomes lost.

If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Be sure to close your windows and doors, stay inside, and follow the instructions from your local emergency management office.

It’s important to provide for your pets in the event you lose electricity, making certain they have adequate food and water. For information, visit humanesociety.org/prepare.

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