After Hurricane Harvey hit last autumn, thousands of pets were thought to be displaced or missing. The aftermath was devastating to many people and homes, but also animals living in the area. Now, with the recent floodings in Maryland and hurricane season underway, there’s no doubt that many pet guardians are wondering about the safety of their animal companions.
In the past, victims have been told to leave their pets behind. Most Red Cross shelters do not accept pets, and at the time of Hurricane Katrina, there were no federal or state laws addressing the safety of pets when planning for disasters.
Though victims of Hurricane Katrina were told that they could not bring their dogs and cats with them to shelters, a poll from the Fritz Institute found that 44% of the people who refused to evacuate did so because they wanted to remain with their pets. In response to the aftermath of Katrina, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was born. It requires that response plans “account for the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals before, during and following a major disaster or emergency.”
If staying behind is too dangerous for you, then it’s too dangerous for your pets! Here are some ways for pet guardians to prepare for a disaster:
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5/12/2022 05:11:13 am
Fear, worry, and losses associated with disasters can be reduced by being prepared. Individuals, families, and communities should be aware of what to do in the case of a fire and where to take shelter during a severe storm.
5/12/2022 05:11:45 am
Would your family know what to do if there was a calamity in your area? Every family should have a strategy in place. The American Academy of Pediatrics' 4-STEP approach includes advice on how to 1) be informed, 2) formulate a strategy, 3) assemble a kit, and 4) get engaged.
4/25/2023 05:44:09 am
What a cute cat. It's really important to prepare.
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