At the ASPCA in New York City, they’re preparing for the storm’s potential damage, and you should, too. There’s still time to draw up an emergency plan that will ensure the safety of your entire family — including your furry friends.
The ASPCA offers the following tips:
- Get a Rescue Alert Sticker for your home. If you post a sticker in an easy-to-see location, rescue workers will be alerted that there are pets in your home. You should include the number and types of pets present, as well as your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Choose a safe haven. First, decide which room in your home will be the safest spot to ride out the storm. Then, know in advance where you can take your family and pets in case of evacuation. Check with evacuation centers and area hotels to find a pet-friendly location. In New York and New Jersey, all evacuation centers are required to accept animals.
- Make sure your pet is wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped; that way, if they lose their collar there’s still a way to identify them.
- Make sure you have plenty of food for humans and pets — water, medications, batteries, first-aid kits and other emergency supplies — on hand in case of a power outage.
- Stay indoors. At the first sign of danger, bring your pets indoors and keep them with you.
For more information, check out the ASPCA’s complete list of disaster preparedness tips at www.aspca.org/Pet-care/disaster-preparedness.