We are still in the window of opportunity for a hurricane to develop on the Gulf Coast area. Anything can happen with weather in the Greater Houston area. Be prepared! Your pets are precious and a huge part of your family. Plan now so you are not left scrambling for resources when it comes time to be ready at a moment’s notice.
Have a list of pet-friendly hotels or friends that will allow you to stay at their home with your pets out of danger from the weather.
- Never leave your pet behind when evacuating
- Use petswelcome.com to find pet-friendly hotels
- Keep immunization records up to date
Have pet supplies ready in your emergency kit.
- Food for one week
- 3–7-day supply of water
- 2 weeks of Medications-store in waterproof container
- Health Records-stored in waterproof container
- Newspaper, plastic bags, trash bags, and bleach for pet elimination
- 2 leashes per pet
- Pet carrier
- A photo of you and your pet for identification if you and your pet are separated.
Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.
Dogs can detect the scent of ozone in the air from lightning, humidity, and other elements long before we will. Pets may become confused or lost when they are in unfamiliar areas. Be aware of your surroundings and protect your pet and yourself. Our pets can become stressed during and act defensively or aggressive. Watch your animals closely and be cautious around other animals – even pets you know. If you evacuate, take your pets with you.
If you are not getting emergency alerts, sign up now. Shelter in place and do not go outside during a storm. Connect with www.mctraffic.org for road closures, updates, and recovery solutions after a storm.
“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”