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Caring for Pets During Hurricanes: Ensuring Their Safety Too

Published by 911 Restoration Western Maryland on August 29, 2023 in category: Uncategorized

At 911 Restoration of Western Maryland, we recognize that pets are cherished members of your family. When hurricane season arrives, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive plan in place that not only protects your home but also ensures the safety and well-being of your furry companions. In this article, we’ll provide you with valuable insights on how to care for your pets during hurricanes, from including them in your preparedness plan to packing essential supplies and finding pet-friendly shelters. Caring for Pets During Hurricanes

Tips for Including Pets in Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan

  • Identification: Ensure your pets have proper identification, including tags with your contact information and a microchip. This will help you reunite with them in case you become separated.


  • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including your veterinarian’s information and local animal shelters. Include a friend or family member who can assist with your pets if needed.


  • Evacuation Plan: Plan for your pets’ evacuation just like you would for your family. Identify pet-friendly hotels, shelters, or the homes of friends or family members where your pets can stay.

Packing Pet-Specific Supplies in Your Emergency Kit

  • Food and Water: Pack at least three days’ worth of your pets’ food and water, stored in airtight containers. Don’t forget their bowls and a manual can opener if needed.


  • Medications and Medical Records: Bring your pets’ medications, medical records, and any necessary medical supplies. If your pet has a chronic condition, ensure you have an ample supply of their medication.


  • Comfort Items: Pack familiar items such as bedding, toys, and comfort objects that can help reduce stress during the evacuation.


  • Leashes and Carriers: Have leashes, harnesses, and carriers ready for safe transportation. These items are essential for keeping your pets secure and under control.

Finding Pet-Friendly Shelters or Accommodations If Needed

  • Research Pet-Friendly Options: Before hurricane season starts, research pet-friendly shelters or hotels in your area or along your evacuation route. Many shelters require reservations, so be prepared.


  • Friends and Family: If you have friends or family outside the evacuation area, consider reaching out to them in advance to see if they can accommodate your pets if needed.


  • Contact Local Animal Organizations: Reach out to local animal shelters, rescue groups, or veterinary clinics for information about pet-friendly accommodations during emergencies.

Communication in Stressful Emergencies

At 911 Restoration of Western Maryland, we understand that your pets are an integral part of your family. During emergencies, clear communication and preparation are essential for their safety and well-being. By incorporating pets into your hurricane preparedness plan, packing essential supplies, and knowing where to find pet-friendly shelters, you’re ensuring that your furry companions are protected during challenging times.

We extend our commitment to supporting you to include your pets, as we understand that the emotional connection with your beloved animals is invaluable. In times of distress, know that we’re here not only to help you restore your home but also to offer guidance and support for every member of your family, including the four-legged ones. If you are in need of assistance call our IICRC certified team today.

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