Pet Preparedness – Protecting Your Pets Before The Tornado

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Tornadoes cause devastation . . . destroying families, destroying property, destroying communities, so it’s really important that you have everything covered in your tornado preparedness plans, and that includes all members of the family – including your pets. Pets rely on their pet parents for food, safety and security, and that means ALL of the time. I know that during an emergency situation your animals might have to wait until all human members of your family are safe, but there are a few things you can do to make sure that they are included in your hurricane preparedness plan. Fail to prepare for a tornado, and prepare to fail in your efforts to keep your family, property and pets safe.

 

Tornado Pet Protection Tips.

It kinda’ goes without saying that the majority of responsible pet owners will already have most of these emergency precautions in place, but just check down the list to be on the safe side . . . it sure is better to be safe than sorry.

  • Always ensure that your pet is wearing a collar, or has other means of identification. A tiny painless microchip is probably the best idea because collars can come off. Just remember the images of the thousands of pets which became separated from their owners in previous hurricane disasters with no hope of a reunion . . . well, if your pet has a chip and you do get separated, there’s always the chance that you can be reunited at a later date.
  • Don’t forget to provide for your pet with the rest of your emergency hurricane supplies. Make sure that you have plenty of their food and enough water for everybody. Just remember that the running water in your house may not be working, or may not be safe to drink, so if you are house bound for a few days then you’re gonna’ need plenty of hurricane supplies which means both food and water.
  • If your pet takes medication, make sure that you have a few days supply in a safe yet accessible place, just in case you can’t get to the veterinarians for a week or two. Make up a pet safety kit which includes any medication, but don’t forget to check your supplies regularly for an expiration date. Update regularly to be on the safe side.
  • Think about how you’ll cope with your pet if you have to evacuate your home. Make sure that you have a suitable pet carrier available, and make sure that your pet is used to going into it and won’t start being over dramatic if it comes to the crunch. Make sure that your chosen pet carrier can be properly secured so that your pet can’t escape and make a run for freedom.
  • Don’t forget to take along some of your pets favorite stuff if you have to leave your home. Just like a child will settle much better in a strange environment if they have some familiar blankets or toys, the same goes for animals. Your pet may be frightened and confused too, so having a few familiar bits and pieces around can help him to stay calm.
  • It’s a good idea to have a “second home” where your pet can stay if necessary, somewhere they are familiar with, with people whom they like and are comfortable with. Kind of like a pet “aunt” or “uncle” really, or adoptive pet parents.
  • Don’t panic. It’s important that you stay calm if you are ever faced with an emergency hurricane situation. People and pets can become easily frightened in these situations, and it’s gonna’ be down to you to keep everything as calm and organized as possible. Remember to speak in a calm and reassuring tone, watch your body language for “giveaways” and remember to pamper your pet with a little extra lovin’ . . . this can work two ways, it can help to calm your pet as well as helping you to stay calm!