Make sure pets are safe and well taken care of during emergencies such as hurricanes.

• Make sure pets are vaccinated. Pet shelters will require proof of vaccinations.

• If you don’t have a current photograph of your pet, take one.

• Each animal should have a properly sized pet carrier. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.

• Pack a disaster supply kit for your pet that includes: proper ID (including immunization records and a photo), ample supply of food, ample supply of bottled water, medications, muzzle, collar and leash. It’s also a good idea to pack a roll of paper towels and plastic bags for cleanup and waste removal.

• Include your pet in your evacuation strategy. There are a few special shelters that allow pets and they are for those who have no other place to go. Other possible refuges for your pet are veterinary clinics, boarding facilities and friends’ or relatives’ homes.

• If a storm is imminent, bring pets indoors well in advance. Remain calm and reassure them frequently. Put them in a carrier.

• If your animals suffer from storm or separation anxiety, ask your veteranian for advice on how to keep them calm. 

• As an alternative, ask your veterinarian if they provide emergency care for pets following disasters. 

Obtain the numbers to several veterinarians outside your immediate area in the event your own veterinarian’s office has to close because of the emergency.

Contact a friendly neighbor and make a reciprocal agreement to take charge of each other’s pets in the event of an emergency when one of you is not home. Exchange cellphone numbers if you both have them, and make sure both of you know the location of your pet emergency kits.

Make a list of all phone numbers for your emergency kit.

For more pet information:

What to put in pet hurricane kit: https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/services/emergencymgmt/Site%20Documents/Emergency_Kit_Checklist_Pets.pdf

Pet shelter rules:

https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/services/emergencymgmt/Site%20Documents/Are-You-Ready-Pet-Shelter-Trifold.pdf

Pet friendly hotels:

http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/ 

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