Friday, September 2, 2016

Storm Safety and Preparedness...

As quickly changing weather patterns on Long Island can suddenly turn a severe storm to an emergency situation, we at Little Shelter would like to provide our friends and families with some helpful tips to keep our furry loved ones safe. With better preparedness we can help keep our four legged family members safe from harm and prevent families from becoming separated.

Keep your eyes on the weather reports, this is the time of year that storms can pop up quickly and can suddenly change from rain to a hurricane overnight. Stay alert to what’s going on around you so you do not get caught by surprise.

If a storm is predicted in your area, here are some ways you can help prepare your family:

1.       Always make sure you have plenty of food, if the pet food is down to half a bag it is recommended to grab another in case shipments get delayed or you are stuck for a few days.

2.       Buy gallon jugs of water, you will not only need them for yourself, but your pets will need access to fresh water as well.

3.       If your pets are on medication, make sure you have enough to last a couple of weeks in case you can’t get it refilled for a while. Keep them stored in air/liquid proof containers.
4.       Create an animal emergency supply kit that is always quickly accessible, it should have extra collars and id tags, medications, treats, medical records in a waterproof container, emergency contacts, supply of baggies, toys and any other special supplies your pet may need. Also keep photos of your pets in case you get separated.

5.       Consider getting all your pets micro chipped, should you ever get separated or one looses their collar you will still have a chance of your pet being returned to you.

6.       For cats, if their indoor/outdoor, bring them in and get them situated in a room a few days prior to the bad weather hitting. Cats will seek shelter prior to the storm and you may not be able to find them when the storm starts. Make sure you have plenty of clean kitty litter to last you a few weeks just in case.

7.       Cats are known for their ability to hide, especially if they sense something is not right. Make sure that whatever room they are in you can easily find them, should you need to relocate for safety.

8.      Have a carrier for each individual animal that is easily accessible.
9.       For cats and small dogs: If there is space in your home, keep the carriers around and put a blanket with their scent on it into the carrier. This will encourage the cats to use the carrier and become accustomed to it, making it a lot less of a struggle if you need to get them in there later on.

10.   If you live in an evacuation area, pre-pack your vehicle. If you have a large dog, put a carrier in the vehicle along with food, water, leash, and baggies. Then pack the rest of supplies you might need if you must go to a shelter or otherwise leave your home. If you have cats or small dogs (small carriers) make sure you leave designated space in the vehicle for their carriers and pack the rest of the car around it. During a storm if possible small pets should not be transported unless in a carrier, large dogs should be taken to the vehicle on a leash and loaded securely.

11.   Check with local emergency shelters in advance to see if your pets are welcomed with you. Some local shelters are now allowing pet owners to bring their furry family members with them. (But remember a shelter should be your last resort)

12.   Keep a list at home of hotels and motels in surrounding areas that are either pet friendly or otherwise would agree to waiver the “no pet” policy under emergence circumstances. Also have a list of friends and family that would be willing to house your pets should an emergency situation ever happen. In addition you should also find animal boarding facilities outside the emergency areas and know what their policies are for boarding an animal.

13.   Make a contingency plan with neighbors or close by friends/family. You might not be home when an evacuation order comes. Make sure there is someone you trust who can get your animals out of danger and meet up with you at a per-designated location.

Most importantly, comfort your pet during a disaster! They are counting on you to make sure they are safe and that everything is going to be okay. Make sure you have some of their favorite treats/toys on hand so they feel more secure, or a favorite blanket. Give them praise and affection so they are less afraid.

Little Shelter
33 Warner Rd
Huntington, NY 11743

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