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๐Ÿถ Natural Disasters and Your Pets ๐Ÿˆ


Good evening.  
How's your Thursday been?
Mine has went pretty well. Worked at the Pet Refuge for a few hours and then home to my fur babies.
Tonight I want to share about the fact that there seems for some time to be so many more natural disasters than I ever remember. It can be downright scary! What will you do about your pets if there is a for instance, a flood? I captured this video of heroic police officers rescuing three woman and a dog from flood waters recently. It got me to thinking about this very topic.



Over the last 20 years natural disasters have about tripled.
The news constantly reports about flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes.
If you have a dog(s) and cats I believe it's really important to have a preparation plan for them as well as for yourself.
Think about it if your prepared for just about anything for you, your family and your pets, there is no reason to get all freaked out! Or at least we won't freak out as much lol

 ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿˆ  After Hurricane Katrina the the Federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (PETS) was put into place so in a natural disaster if you have to go to a shelter you can take your pets with you.
What would you do if you got to a shelter and they said it was full and your pets can't come in!
I know what I'm doing! I am having Plan B!
I'd call friends and family that are close and probably won't be in an evacuation area to see if should the need arise can they care for my animals.
Or I'd call hotels in advance to see which are 'pet friendly' so could call them for a room if need be.
I have friends in Georgia who stayed at a motel during tornado destruction with their pets and were safe until danger subsided and they could go home.

๐Ÿถ๐ŸˆHave an Emergency Kit for you and your pets as well.

Have at least a gallon of water for each of your pets or whatever you know they will be needing for 7 days. Water bottles will be the easiest to transport and be more compact. Also have enough food for them for up to 7 days. Also take their dishes too. If you want to keep things compact just purchase some disposable food dishes from Dollar Tree or some other discount store by you.

 Is your dog or cat on any medication? Talk to your vet about getting some extra medication to have if there should be a disaster. Prepare a Mini First Aid Kit as well. Include things like antibiotic cream, tape, cotton bandages, scissors, latex gloves and even include a first aid for pets book.

Make sure you have some potty pads and get aluminum foil trays. If you are in a shelter or somewhere your dog still has to go to the bathroom and putting potty pads on the tray would be an option. If you have a cat you could bring liter in a container and or even tear up newspaper and put on a tray for the cat to do it's thing.

๐ŸˆYour probably going to want your cat in a carrier and if you can begin in advance to harness train your cat(s) you will be able to allow the cats to move around more freely. Nothing more scary than having your cat run off out of fear.
I'm just letting my cats wear a harness around the house and letting them get used to it. It's becoming like no big deal to them.

If there is a disaster the cats can roam around if feasible on a leash and in their harnesses. 


๐ŸถYou'll also want a no pull harness for each of your dogs and leashes as well as carriers in the event their needed.
If your dog tends to get spooked easily perhaps bring a muzzle just in case but one they can breathe and drink through easily.






๐Ÿถ๐ŸˆMake sure you have all your animals have tags with their name, your address and phone number as well as rabies tag. Have your pet's paperwork: medical records that includes medication and dosage requirements, dog license, adoption records, microchip info (yes have your pet microchip[ed and add photos to the collection). If for some reason you and your pets are separated you'll need proof your the owner and pictures will help others know what your pets look like. The microchip will aid in having your animals returned to you. 
Be sure to have your paperwork all in a sealed bag to keep it from getting wet. 


๐Ÿถ๐ŸˆIf your advised to stay in rather than leave know the safest room to retreat to in advance. Usually the safest rooms will be one without windows. You want to be safe from flying glass or debris during disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes.
If possible store your emergency preps including water in the safe room. You can even fill your tub, sinks, etc for access to water if it's an option to access these.
If it's flooding your faced with, go to the highest safest place in your home. 





  ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿˆ The devastation of Hurricane Katrina inspired the bi-partisan PETS Act to better serve pet owners during disaster relief.

    After reviewing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the ASPCA advised future relief efforts aimed at humans and pets together are more effective than separate initiatives.
    Hurricane Florence suggests that it’s beneficial to pack more food and water than standard emergency kit guidelines — if space and logistics allow.
    Natural disasters can impair or wipe out cellphone service — so write down important phone numbers and consider setting up a buddy system, where you and friends or family members chain messages together.
    The biggest lesson from recent disasters is simple: Evacuate if you are told to evacuate. Stubborn stay-putters place a strain on rescue efforts and increase the danger to themselves and their pets.


๐Ÿถ๐ŸˆI hope you are finding this information useful and will start being proactive to get it happening to be prepared.
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I want to give credit for some of this information to 
 Phillip Mlynar 
https://www.catster.com/author/phillip-mlynar and
https://www.dogster.com 


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