It’s essential to place extra emphasis on preparation so that you and your pet are safe at all times. If your area is prone to tornadoes, check our tips to ensure you and your pet are ready to face any potential storm that may form during the year.
1. Get appropriate identification for your pet
To make sure your pet is returned to you if they get lost, you should provide them with an ID tag and microchip. Both of these forms of ID should have your current, up-to-date information. An ID tag should be secured around your dog’s collar.
With a microchip, your pet receives a unique ID number when scanned. It is administered to your pet like a vaccine and is completely painless. You will need to register your pet’s microchip ID in order for your pet’s profile to appear on a database. We recommend checking that your information is updated and that you include at least one emergency contact.
2. Create a plan you can follow
Tornado safety isn’t complete without an effective plan you can follow. This plan should include food, water, emergency kits, and steps on what to do in an emergency. While creating this plan, make sure to consider your pet’s needs and a safe location that’s most comfortable for them. Having these steps in hand allows you to relax and stay safe at the same time. If your home isn’t a safe location during a tornado, you can locate pet-friendly safe shelters nearby.
3. Locate a safe room for you and your pets
Find a safe room within your home that you and your pets can remain in while the storm passes through. The safe area you choose should not contain any windows, glass doors, or any other openings. It should be located in the innermost section on the lowest floor of your homes, such as a bathroom or closet. We also recommend moving into your basement (if you have one) or in a tornado shelter. Do not let your pets leave your home at any time before, during, or after the storm.
4. Practice your plan
It may not be tornado season yet for your region, but regardless, we recommend practicing your plan as often as you can with your pets. Pick a day where everyone is at home and perform practice drills. You can do this by giving each family member the responsibility of a pet. With a leash, you can train your pet to go inside the safe room, which can come in handy once a storm arrives.
5. Keep a pet emergency kit
We recommend creating a pet emergency kit that includes water, food, and medicines that can last for at least two weeks. Store dry food in ziplock bags or plastic containers to avoid it from getting wet or spoiled. There’s a possibility your house’s power may go out for days or even weeks after the storm so it’s best to keep dry food over wet food. You should also keep one gallon of water per family member and one per pet on a daily basis.
6. Know about the dangers after the storm
Even when the storm is over, hold off on letting your puppy or kitty venture outside unless notified by officials. After natural disasters, there may be broken glass, electrical lines, and other debris scattered around the streets, which can lead to potential injuries for you and your beloved pet. Wild animals that are displaced from their homes can also appear on the streets and are also a potential danger. You should also avoid drinking the water in your home as the water may be contaminated.
By preparing ahead before a tornado or other natural disasters hit your region, you and your pet can be safe and secure. Remember to keep a calm and positive attitude so that your pet can be relaxed throughout the process.