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If You Have a Pet, Advanced Evacuation Planning Is Key When Preparing for a Hurricane

All too often when disaster strikes pets are left to fend for themselves and end up lost, injured or are even killed. Making your pets a part of your family disaster preparedness plan is an essential step toward ensuring their safety, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

“Planning for a disaster is the best way to survive one. In addition to keeping your insurance up-to-date and having important papers ready to go, if you are a pet owner, you should make plans for your animal friends when creating an evacuation plan," said Jeanne Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the I.I.I. “In a disaster, no one should have to decide between their life and that of a beloved pet.”

The I.I.I. offers the following tips for protecting your pets during a disaster.

FIND A SAFE PLACE AHEAD OF TIME

Most of the public shelters that are set up for disaster victims will not accept animals other than service animals, so make sure you have lined up somewhere for your pet to stay.

MAKE A DISASTER KIT FOR YOUR PETS

Just as you have a disaster kit for your family, you should prepare a similar kit for your pets containing:

IF YOU EVACUATE, TAKE YOUR PETS

AFTER THE DISASTER

To learn more about protecting your pets during a disaster, visit the Humane Society of the United States; the American Red Cross; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

For related videos and podcasts, go to Evacuation: The Ten Minute Challenge and Evacuation (Podcast).