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Hurricane Safety For Your Pets

by Ronald Bixby 08/15/2022

Preparing for a hurricane requires knowing how to keep everyone in your home safe--including your pets. Having an emergency plan for your pets as well as the people in your household will help you stay calm and safe if a hurricane happens in your area. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe during a hurricane:

Set Up an Emergency Kit

Pets have their own important needs in a disaster, just like humans do. Create an emergency kit specifically for your pets in case of an emergency so it's ready to go at a moment's notice. Include food and water for a minimum of three days, any medications and waste-removal supplies. It's also a good idea to keep an extra leash or harness as well as comfort items like a blanket or favorite toy to keep your animals calm.

Use a Pet Rescue Alert Sticker

Rescue alert stickers are crucial if you need to evacuate your home. They're a simple and inexpensive way to tell rescue workers and emergency services how many and what kinds of pets you have in your home so that nobody gets left behind. Mark the number and types of pets you have in your home and update as needed. Place the sticker somewhere near your front door or somewhere else that's easily viewable to first responders or other emergency workers.

Know Where to Shelter

Emergency shelters do not always allow you to bring pets, so it's important to know where you can bring them if you're forced to evacuate. Plan for where to take your pets and keep a quick reference of relevant contact information. Try asking your vet if they have any suggestions for shelters or kennels. You can also search for hotels and motels that allow pets, and inquire at your local animal shelter about emergency lodging.

Your pets are part of your family, and as such they need just as much help staying safe during a hurricane as you and your fellow humans. Keep these three things in mind when determining how to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane.

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Ronald Bixby

Hi, I'm Ronald Bixby and I'd love to assist you. Honor, Respect, and Integrity...These are qualities that were instilled in a small town in upstate NY and reaffirmed in the US Navy. I was raised in a town called Horseheads. After graduating High school, I decided to see the world and I went into the Navy. Although I wanted to see the world, I ended up joining the submarine force and unfortunately, they don't have too many windows on subs! After getting out of the Navy, I found myself with an opportunity to get into the restaurant business and that's where I spent the next 30 years. I am blessed with an amazing wife, who is my rock, 4 beautiful daughters, and a son... Parenthood has a way of keeping you on your toes! However, thinking that I was missing something, I decided to make a change and started exploring the Real Estate business, and the more I looked into it, the more I knew this was the right profession for me. I like to help people and assisting a family buy or sell a home is a fantastic opportunity to do just that. If I can make someone half as happy as I am...it's a great day. Let me help you be happy.