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DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND in the event of an evacuation. If you must leave your pet behind, do not tether, crate or restrain them. If you have boarded your house, be sure to leave an accessible exit, such as a screen door, in case your pet needs to leave the house for higher ground. During severe hurricanes, water may rise and cause flooding. If flooding occurs and you cannot take your pet, leave them in an upstairs room with food and water. Unplug all appliances and leave an open exit, such as a window, in case they need to escape rising water.
Pets left in areas affected by natural disasters may not survive on their own and are difficult to locate and reunite with their families after a disaster. Below are emergency preparedness steps and supplies you’ll need to keep your beloved pet safe.
A pet emergency preparedness kit should have the supplies below to help keep your pet fed and secure during evacuations due to hurricanes:
Always follow the advice of your local emergency management agency. However if you stay indoors during a hurricane, remain calm and reassure your pet in a soothing voice. Be sure to take these safety precautions:
Emergency Preparedness for Birds, Reptiles, Small Animals & Horses
Pet Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency
The American Red Cross