The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1 and will end on November 30. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a storm. Here are some tools and tips to help dog people prepare for this hurricane season.
Health and Identification Information
Organize your dog's health and identification information in a Dog Health and I.D. Passport.
• Microchip number and description of your dog, such as breed, age, sex, color, markings, and adoption date.
• Owner contact information.
• Emergency contact information (if the owner is unavailable).
• Primary veterinarian contact information and remote veterinarian contact information (30-90 miles).
• Medical insurance policy number and insurance company contact information.
• Medical records, lists of medications, and any allergies or sensitivities. If you plan to board your dog, most kennels require proof of vaccinations.
Consent, Transportation, and Lodging Information
Include permission to seek veterinary care in your absence.
I give full consent for the following individual(s) to seek veterinary care for or to accompany my dog to dog service providers in my absence:
• Name of the individual.
• Driver license or photo I.D. number.
• Relationship to the owner.
• Signature of the owner.
Designate a neighbor or a friend to care for and evacuate your dog.
• Name of the individual.
• Address of the individual.
• Phone number and alternate phone number.
Include dog-friendly transportation information.
• Name of the carrier.
• Carrier phone number.
• Carrier restrictions and fees.
Include dog-friendly lodging information.
• Name of the hotel, motel, or campground.
• Location and phone number.
• Lodging restrictions, deposit amount, and fees.
Essential Pet Supplies
• Feeding supplies, including food, water, dishes, treats, and manual can opener.
• Medications, including sedatives if prescribed by your veterinarian.
• Safety items, such as a leash, collar with ID tag, and carrier.
• Pooper scooper and plastic bags.
• Toys and bedding.
• Grooming supplies and towels.
• Pet first aid kit with pet first aid manual.
• Cleaning supplies and deodorants.
• Flea or tick repellent, especially if traveling to rural or wooded areas.
Pending Storm Preparations
• Have ready at least a week's worth of essential pet supplies.
• Make plans for evacuation site(s) and procedures.
• Place stickers indicating the location of your dog(s) and supplies at entrances.
• Provide emergency contact number list easily visible near the phone.
• Provide written directions to your home easily visible near the phone.
• Put aside emergency cash.
• Keep vehicle(s) well maintained and fueled.
• Provide key(s) to neighbor or friend willing to evacuate your dog if you can't.
Find a Temporary Foster Home for Your Dog: DisplacedPaws.org matches pets impacted by a disaster with temporary foster homes.
For many humans, our goal in life is to be as good of a person as our dogs already think we are. This hurricane season, let's plan ahead and ensure our dogs' safety and comfort.