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Make sure the pets are safe during storms

As of early Thursday afternoon, it appears Southeastern North Carolina will miss – thankfully – the worst that Hurricane Earl has to offer.

But at least minimal tropical storm force winds could effect the region, especially the further up the coastline you go. It is important that any outdoor pets are offered proper shelter during this event.

As most of you already know, I push for pets to live inside, where the creature comforts are. But I realize some pets do live outside. Still, all domestic animals should be offered a safe place during periods of extreme hot or cold weather and during storms.

We’ve softened domestic animals up quite a bit over thousands of years of domestication. So they aren’t quite as able to withstand harsh conditions – compared to their wild counterparts.

I know the regular readers of the Animal Tales column and the Cape Fear Critters blog already take great care of their pets, but you may need to offer a friendly reminder to others.

Stay save everyone. It looks like the hurricane season is just heating up. And it looks like Gaston, far to the east of Earl, is taking a similar path, if the early models are to be believed.

by Tom Grady –  Cape Fear Critters


FEMA: Preparing For A Disaster: Planning For Pets And Livestock

Release Date: July 26, 2004
Release Number: 1526-036

MADISON, Wis. — Disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods don’t just affect people – they also affect pets and other animals. Planning ahead in the event of a natural disaster can protect the safety and well being of you and your pet.

Humans who refuse evacuation or re-enter evacuated areas to rescue pets that were left behind during a disaster put themselves and their pet in great danger, as well as first responders who may be needed to rescue those people. Conversely, pets that are left behind in an evacuation are put at increased risk for straying, disease and death. Residents should take steps to know their risk, learn the evacuation procedures for their area and create a plan for how their family (and pets!) would react to a natural disaster.

The consequences of not planning for animals:

  • After Hurricane Floyd and related, widespread flooding, North Carolina State University rescued and kenneled 450 small animals (mostly dogs) and more than 700 were kenneled through East Carolina University. Of those rescued animals, North Carolina State reported an abandonment rate of nearly 80%.
  • In the same disaster, approximately 2.9 million pets and livestock were killed.

Prevention tips: Protecting the life of your pet with planning

Create a disaster kit
Pack extra pet care and transportation items in an easy to grab kit, including:

  • Extra collars, tags and leashes for all pets and extra pet food with a manual can opener if needed
  • A supply of stored drinking water
  • Toys or blankets the pet will find familiar
  • Paper towels, plastic bags and disinfectant for waste clean-up
  • Copies of your pet’s medical and vaccination records
  • Extra supplies of any medications your pet is currently taking

If you need to evacuate

  • Take your pets with you whenever possible (only service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters)
  • Identify “pet friendly” hotels (www.petswelcome.com).
    • Board with friends/relatives in a safe area.
    • Check with your local animal shelter.
    • Leave in plenty of time – you may not be able to take your pet at the last minute.
  • Identify your pets, include your address, phone number and the phone number of a friend outside of the disaster range. Have photos for identification purposes.
  • To transport your animals safely:
    • Condition your animals to being in a cage/carrying case/pen/trailer.
    • Keep animals on a strong leash/harness.
    • Take three to five days’ worth of supplies – food, water, high water-content fruits/vegetables, medication, cat litter, “comfort toys.”
    • Birds/lizards – blanket to keep cage warm/plant mister to hydrate feathers.
    • Snakes – pillowcase to transport/heating pad for warmth/water bowl to soak.
    • Pocket pets (hamsters/gerbils) – cage/bedding material/water bottles.

If you must leave your pets behind

  • Leave them untied in an interior room with adequate air and no windows – such as a bathroom.
  • Purchase a self-feeder in advance and leave enough food and water for at least three days. Leave faucet dripping with drain open.
  • Leave favorite bed and toys.
  • Place notice on front door with location and type of pets, their names and your contact phone number.
  • NEVER leave animals tied up outside.

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock Owners
During a disaster, the behavior and activities of livestock can change dramatically. Advice on disaster planning and precautions is available from several sources, including the Humane Society of the United State (HSUS), your local emergency management office, animal control center and area veterinarians.

  • EVACUATE LIVESTOCK WHENEVER POSSIBLE. Arrangements for evacuation, including routes and host sites, should be made in advance. Alternate routes should be mapped out in case the planned route is inaccessible. Evacuation sites should have or be able to readily obtain food, water, veterinary care, handling equipment and facilities.
  • Trucks, trailers, and other vehicles suitable for transporting livestock (appropriate to the type of animal) should be available, along with experienced handlers and drivers to transport them. Whenever possible, the animals should be accustomed to these vehicles in advance so they’re less frightened and easier to move.
  • If evacuation is not possible, a decision must be made whether to move large animals to available shelter or turn them outside. This decision should be determined based on the type of disaster and the soundness and location of the shelter (structure). All animals should have some form of identification that will help facilitate their return.
  • Your disaster plan should include a list of emergency phone numbers for local agencies that can assist you if disaster strikes – – including your veterinarian, state veterinarian, local animal shelter, animal care and control, county extension service, local agricultural schools and the American Red Cross. These numbers should be kept with your disaster kit in a secure, but easily accessible place.

For more information on disaster planning for pets and other animals, visit the web site of The Human Society of the United States (HSUS) at http://www.hsus.org/ace/18730.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Last Modified: Monday, 26-Jul-2004 09:03:22

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