As Hurricane Ian approaches the U.S. mainland, millions of people in Florida are being ordered to evacuate, and many of them will be taking their pets with them.
In addition to disaster preparedness and recovery resources, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers tips on assembling a pet evacuation kit, what to do if your pet is lost, and what to do after a disaster.
The AVMA recommends pet owners include the following in their pet evacuation kits:
-Food and medicine3-7 days' worth of dry and canned (pop-top) food
-Two-week supply of medicine
-At least 7 days' supply of water
-Feeding dish and water bowl
-Liquid dish soap
-Anti-diarrheal liquid or tablets
-Bandage tape and scissors
-Cotton bandage rolls
-Flea and tick prevention (if needed in your area)
-Isopropyl alcohol/alcohol prep pads
-Litter, litter pan, and scoop (shirt box with plastic bag works well for pan)
-Newspaper, paper towels, and trash bags
-Household chlorine beach or disinfectant
-Identification papers including proof of ownership
-Medical records and medication instructions
-Photo of your pet (preferably with you)
-Crate or pet carrier labeled with your contact information
-Extra collar/harness with ID tags and leash
-Flashlight, extra batteries
Survey the area inside and outside your home to identify sharp objects, dangerous materials, dangerous wildlife, contaminated water, downed power lines or other hazards.......................