View Full Version : Hurricane Season is upon us again.

Buela's Mom
06-15-2009, 10:05 PM
With that said, the local dog mag has put out a safety preparedness list for those of us in hurricane zones. I know that most is common sense, but sometimes we need a kick in the pants right?


LCD Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Pet Owners


Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet friendly shelters require proof of vaccines.

Have a current photograph.

Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.

Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal. Pet friendly shelters require them.
Practice putting it together quickly.

Plan your evacuation strategy and don't forget your pet!

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets. Ask about any restrictions on number, size, and species. Ask if "no pet" policies would be waived in an emergency.

Make a list of animal-friendly places and keep it handy.

Call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.

Check with friends, relatives, or others outside your immediate area to see if they would shelter you and your animals or just your animals, if necessary.

Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in emergencies; include 24-hour telephone numbers.

Ask your local animal shelter if it provides foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency. This should be your last resort, as shelters have limited resources and are likely to be stretched to their limits during an emergency.


If you are able, leave early. Don't wait for a mandatory evacuation order. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets. If you wait to be evacuated by emergency officials, you may be told to leave your pets behind.

Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have:

proper identification collar and rabies tagproper identification on all belongings

a carrier or cage

a leash

a muzzle for dog aggressive dogs

an ample supply of food, water (1 gallon for every 10lbs.) food bowls, any medications

specific care instructions and news papers or trash bags for clean-up

Bring pets indoors well in advance of a storm - reassure them and remain calm.

Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first served basis.

Call ahead and determine availability.

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A sailboat pushed onshore by Hurricane Hugo - Lockwood Drive, Downtown Charleston


Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home - often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost.

Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.

If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered.

Bring along a picture of your pet if possible. After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive - monitor their behavior.

06-15-2009, 11:13 PM
Good stuff Wendy! We have something similar here for our Cyclone season. I hope you stay safe and none hit land near you!

06-16-2009, 02:01 PM
I have noticed a new string of hotels going up between here and the coast. They should get lots of business. I've also noticed some folks have thought up a way to make a little extra money- charging folks to park their RVs or trailers on their land. We lost power and had a little damage, but we're not right on the coast like the city of Houston. Being in the country helps too- we have our own water wells and I can live in a tent here on my property, if I have too. Last summer, when Ike came through, I whined about the power being off- my Mother called me a "big sissy"! :s4:
Our obedience club and some of the local shelters will be setting up areas to house pets.
For those of us that are close to the coast, but don't have to evacuate- we can get ready to help out. Find out where you can start a staging area- old Fairground building or something. Store up some water- and don't forget to check your generators! Half my friends found their generators would not work after letting them sit for a year. Get them out NOW! Hundreds of pets were kept fed, watered, and returned to their owners last year, from these staging areas. We learned a lesson from Katrina. People don't always use common sense when it comes to their pets. A lot of the animals that came up from the coast last year, didn't even have crates (had never been in a crate) didn't have any food brought with them either. Also be prepared to take exotics- lizards, snakes, birds. We also got a lot of horses. We can do a LOT to help- but we need to start NOW!

Buela's Mom
06-16-2009, 02:15 PM
Di I totally agree with you in that I hope none make land fall this year or any other year.

CD, preparedness is always #1. I know that Katrina and Hugo definitely affected the Charleston Area, last year when Ike was supposed to come here there were actual empty shelves in Walmart. They sold out of water, canned goods, peanut butter.

They only crappy thing was that if the USN evacuated, they were only evacuating military, not their dependents. Which meant I would have been with 5 dogs alone (I wonder if they'd been actual bipedal children instead all under 4 years...). Which would have been fine, I had a plan (just ask Martha) But I still thought it was junk.

06-16-2009, 08:55 PM
Yeah we were going to get Wendy to come up here with all the dogs. :naughty: I told her she could have the living room. :naughty: