Lisa Chelenza knows that not everyone in your family walks on two legs. For helpful tips on taking care of your animal friends, and advice from local veterinary experts, watch Pet Pointers Wednesday and Saturday on TWC News. If you have ideas for Pet Pointers segments, email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency evacuations can happen without warning so being prepared to move quickly is important. Remember you may be separated from your pets so planning ahead can help prevent them from being lost forever.
Be sure your pet’s vaccinations are current and put a copy of their vet records in and or on their pet carrier especially if they have a medical condition that needs attention.
Check out their identification tags. If they are worn out replace them and update their microchip information if necessary.
If you can pack enough Food, water and medications for a week great but two to three days should get you through until you can return home.
A hard shelled carrier for each pet is crucial for their protection. Soft carrier provide little protection against the elements and practically no protection during transportation.
Call ahead to hotels and ask your local red cross if they have secondary housing available for pets. Also ask friends and family if your pets can stay with them while you clean up your home.
Remember leaving early when a natural disaster is imminent can give you and your pets the best chance for a return to normalcy once danger has past.
For more information about emergency shelters and planning for an emergency visit www.redcross.org.