With the National Weather Service issuing a hurricane watch for Long Island this weekend, here are some tips to keep pets safe from the storm.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issued guidelines for pet safety:
– Be ready to evacuate. Have essential supplies ready to “grab and go.” Know where to find temporary housing for yourself and your pet.
– Make sure that your pet can be identified. Your pet should always wear his or her ID collar and rabies tag.
– In the event that you must evacuate, take care of your pet. Never leave your pet behind. He/she may become lost, injured, or worse.
– Have a plan in advance:
Consider friends and relatives outside your local area.
Check for pet-friendly shelters. Have a list of hotels and motels that allow pets. Petswelcome.com has a listing of pet-friendly options, the SPCA said.
– Create a pet emergency supply kit:
Pack basic supplies including food, medication, flashlight, food, and water bowls, a can opener, cage or carrier, extra collar, litter box, plastic trash bags, and wee-wee pads.
– Bring important records including a recent photo of you with your pet, contact information, and microchip information.
– In the case of severe damage to your home, consider a long-term plan. Consider family or friends who live outside of the local area.
“Remember, be informed and ready to act in the event of a disaster,” the SPCA said.