August 25, 2017
We’re getting as prepared as possible for Hurricane Harvey! This means stocking up on supplies, finding ways to prevent flooding, and pre-planning lots of indoor enrichment activities for the animals at the sanctuary! Check out our list of items you should have on hand to weather this storm and view our tips on how to care for your cats and dogs during the hurricane.
We also greatly appreciate any donations
you would like to give to help us be prepared for any unforeseen emergencies!
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
- First aid kit
- Gallons of water
- Non-perishable foods
- Extra phone chargers (battery operated)
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
- Flashlight and extra batteries*
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
- Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
1. Make a Plan
Simply put, be prepared. Decide on a course of action and make sure you can initiate it at a moment's notice. Have supplies set aside in a safe, easily accessible place. It’s like having candles or a flashlight under the kitchen sink in case of a black out. You may never need them, but if a blackout happens, there’s no need to scramble in the dark, because you know exactly where to go and what to do for light.
2. Get Your Kit On
A pet emergency kit isn’t that much different to yours. Enough water for three days, non-perishable food (include a can opener if needed), a solid carrier, litter, litter box, puppy pads, plastic bags, medicine and medical records for both you and your pet in waterproof containers, extra leash, and a picture of your pet on you in case the worst happens and you get separated. Tags and/or microchipping your pet will also make it easier to recover, should it get lost.
3. Staying In
If you’re staying home to ride out the storm, keep your pet in its carrier or on a leash. You never know when you might be forced to evacuate. And even if that doesn’t happen, you don’t want to be tracking down a petrified pet during the chaos. Therefore, secure your pet before the storm hits.
4. Going Out
Stay tuned to the news reports. If you’re told to evacuate, you must do so at first warning. Moreover, it helps to have everything ready to go. We suggest a backpack that holds all the essentials for you and your pet. And make sure you know ahead of time exactly where all the shelters are and how to get there.