As a general rule, hurricane season begins at the start of June and wraps up at the end of November and, for the Texas coast, the greatest threat exists from August through September. But, according to the National Weather Service, “hurricanes can and have struck the Texas coast during every month of the hurricane season. Since 1851, 64 hurricanes have struck the Texas coast.” We’re well into October now, will another storm strike? We don’t know but what we do know is that you should always be prepared for the possibility. The following are tips for ensuring you have what you need for furry family members to weather any storms.
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- For your hurricane (or other emergency) preparedness, make sure you have for your pets:
- Food, water, and medication for several days.
- Harness, leash, and collar with tags or identiﬁcation in case your pet gets lost in the storm.
- Copy of medical records and microchip numbers.
- Carrier or crate with enough room to stand up and lie down comfortably.
- Clean-up and waste supplies such as waste bags, kitty litter and a litter box.
- Favorite items from home such as a blanket, bowl, toy, or chew.
- Recent pet photo and a ready first aid kit.
- Pet-friendly housing identified on your evacuation route: hotels, friends, family, boarding facilities.
- Designated caretaker in your absence.
- Your awareness to drive carefully and turn around when you see any standing water, downed trees or powerlines on the road.
So, are you prepared? Do it for your pets!