In the Bradenton area, we’ve been lucky so far this hurricane season. However, you never know when you’re going to have to face a weather emergency. The time to start preparing is now! In this week’s edition of Tips from the Pros, Cheryl Brady, owner of Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance shares her expert tips for preparing your pet for the hurricane season.
5 Important Steps to Prepare Your Pets for the Hurricane Season
This year, due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to prepare early and know the resources available to you should you need to evacuate with your pets. Below is a summary of the five critical steps you’ll want to take as soon as possible. Please download the complete guide and keep it somewhere safe so you can reference it as you prepare!
Step 1: Create an Action Plan
Take some time to create a list of emergency contact numbers. This should inlcude your vet and any family, friends, and neighbors who may be able to assist you and your pets during an emergency evacuation. Include the phone number for Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance (just in case!) – it’s 941-592-5131.
You’ll also want to decide how you’ll transport your pet if you need to evacuate. Then, follow the additional steps below.
Step 2: Prepare an Emergency Travel Kit
Gather these items ahead of time and keep them together in an easy-to-carry bag so you won’t have to rush to find them during an emergency.
Step 3: Create Your Pet Emergency First Aid Kit
Next, you’ll want to create an emergency kit so you can take care of any illnesses or injuries that may occur. Don’t forget to include any necessary medications that your pet may need.
Step 4: Find Out About Your Local Emergency Resources
There are several veterinary emergency centers in both Bradenton and Sarasota. It’s a good idea to keep a list of all them, so you have a backup plan.
Step 5: Find Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers
Whether you think you’ll need to head to a shelter or not, it’s always best to know your options.
Now is also the time to review your county’s shelter requirements so you’re not faced with any unpleasant surprises.
Don’t forget to download the full guide and keep it somewhere handy!