Posted Date: January 9, 2017
If you live in a flood risk area, are you prepared to take care of your pet in case of flooding?
With the snows affecting some parts of the country, certain states are experiencing severe flooding. This brings to mind the important topic of flood preparedness for you and your pet. If you live in an area that you know is at risk for flooding, here are some tips to be aware of.
Service Pros Local recommends several steps to be prepared. One is to get to know your neighbors and local citizens so if you are not home when a flood occurs, you have people you can call who can get your pets safely out of your home. If you have family living close, even better! Make sure that they are aware of your pets' needs and it's not a bad idea to stash a spare crate and a bag of pet supplies at your family or a close friend or neighbor's home during flood season. At a minimum, keep in the bag of supplies a leash and collar for each pet and a list of local shelters and veterinarians and your the medical information for your pet or pets.
You should also keep a list of emergency options on hand for yourself, and up date it every year. It should include phone numbers and addresses for your veterinarian, emergency veterinarian, and any local shelters in your area that will allow pets. In addition, include every local motel, hotel and other lodging facility within a certain mile radius that allows pets. Finally depending on where you live, your local animal shelter may have facilities for pets in need during evacuation. Find out what they offer and keep that information on your list. You can also use social media to your benefit in this case by posting to local friends and families about what services they are aware of so that everyone can share resources.
If your dog's ID has not been updated and you've recently moved or changed numbers, it's important to rectify that before an emergency hits. Likewise, people often forget to do this when their pet is microchipped because a chip is easy to forget when you don't see it dangling from your dog's collar every day. Call or email your microchip company to ensure all your information is correct.
Another helpful tip is a reminder to keep your pets contained prior to evacuating. If you have a pet that's fearful, or likes to hide (such as cats) and you know at some point soon you will be forced to leave, keep your pets in a carrier or crate so you don't have to try to find them in a rush later on.
Ready.gov, the government site for FEMA and DHS, provides a helpful online list of things to prepare for in event of a flood, and also has a special section for animals and natural disaster planning. Another excellent resource is the Red Cross Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist.