The Humane Society of the United States took upon their social media outlets to share a list to prepare humans and their companion animals for Hurricane Sandy. According to the National Hurricane Center, Sandy is expected to bring a life threatening storm and flooding to the Mid-Atlantic Coast including Long Island and New York Harbor. They also expect to bring coastal hurricane winds and heavy Appalachian snows. The ASPCA informed on twitter that all pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation. The American Red Cross advised twitter followers to check the hashtag #sandypets for information and tips during Hurricane Sandy.
For a list of pet friendly evacuation shelters click here
This is the following list given out by the Humane Society of the United States:
- Food and water for at least five days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food.
- People need at least one gallon of water per person per day. While your pet may not need that much, keep an extra gallon on hand if your pet has been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.
- Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a first aid kit. A pet first aid book is also a good idea.
- Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop, garbage bags to collect all pets’ waste.
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can’t escape. Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. (Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time.)
- Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets—who may also need blankets or towels for bedding and warmth as well as special items, depending on their species.Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated—and to prove that they are yours once you’re reunited.
- Pet beds and toys, if you can easily take them, to reduce stress.
- Written information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.
Other useful items include:
newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, household bleach
Visit humanesociety.org/disaster for more resources on staying safe during times of disaster. The Humane Society of the United States asks people to keep in mind that if the conditions are not safe for you, then they are not safe for an animal.