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Prepare Your PETS for Stormy Weather, too!

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Photo of a cat and a dog on a white background Prepare your PETS for stormy weather situations!

Community members throughout the Florida Panhandle are all too familiar with making storm preparations for themselves, their children, and their properties, especially for hurricane season.  When making these preparations, be sure to plan for your PETS in the case of a storm emergency, too!  There are many steps that can be taken to ensure your pets are well taken care of when storms roll through:

  • Have your pets microchipped. If you and your pet are unfortunately separated during a storm event, having a microchip with updated contact information is one of the best ways to ensure that you will be reunited.
  • Make sure pets are wearing a collar. Just as a microchip can serve as a method of providing contact information, a collar with accurate tags can do the same.  The pet’s name, your contact phone number, and the name of the pet’s veterinary office should all be included. 
  • Prepare an emergency kit for each pet. Items that you will want to include are pet food, medications (if applicable), food and water bowls, bottled water, vaccination records, carrier and/or leash, and pet toys.  Make sure this kit is easily accessible in case evacuation is required.
  • Identify pet friendly shelters/lodging. When considering evacuation routes and plans, be sure to check for pet friendly locations.  You may want to plan for your pets to stay with a family member or friend outside of the evacuation area, as many shelters do not accept pets. 
  • Prepare a “safe space” for your pets inside your home. Many pets experience storm anxiety and may become scared during episodes of loud thunder, heavy rain, or gusty winds.  Have a safe space within your home, such as a kennel, that you pet feels comfortable in.  Provide plenty of blankets and toys in this area when storms arise.

Serving the communities of Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Callaway, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help if storms cause damage to your home or business.  Available 24/7/365, our team of experienced professionals takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service to our community members when disaster strikes.  To learn more about our services, or request assistance, please give us a call at 850-785-1077.

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