Animal & Veterinary

Taking Care of Your Pets During Hurricanes and Floods

The best thing you can do for your pets is to plan ahead so you are ready to care for them during a disaster. Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say a storm is coming. The following information was shared by http://MiamiDade.gov.disclaimer icon

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials.
  • Stay indoors, preferably in a room with few or no windows.
  • Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room.
  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances.
  • Avoid using the phone and do not take a bath or shower during the storm.
  • Fight the temptation to go outside during the “eye of the storm.” There’s only a brief period of calm before hurricane force winds return.
  • Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress.
  • Keep animals in their carriers.
  • Get in the tub or under your mattress if your home begins to come apart.

Evacuating During a Hurricane with Pets

The No. 1 instruction for pet owners is to bring your pets with you when evacuating. Pets that help people with disabilities are allowed in General Population Shelters and Red Cross Shelters as long as they meet the requirements for service animals under federal law (see ADA Requirements for Service Animals). However, only select emergency shelters accept regular pets (non-service animals), so finding a pet-friendly shelter may be difficult.

Contact your local emergency management agency for information about which emergency shelters allow pets. Try to call the shelter before you go, as some pet-friendly shelters may require advance notice. Your local humane society or veterinary hospital may also have information about where you can take your pets during an evacuation.

Instead of a shelter, you can also go to a pet-friendly hotel or motel. Here are some links for finding pet-friendly lodging:

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Page Last Updated: 09/12/2018
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