By Terri Estesby

It’s hurricane season again. Most of us remember all too vividly the havoc that Super Storm Sandy (otherwise known as she who shall not be named) wreaked on us. We were warned that she was coming. We were told it was going to be the mother of all storms. Many of us prepared as best we could for her arrival. Some of us evacuated. But many of us remembered all the other countless warnings we had been given in the past that added up to big nothings and threw caution to the wind. However you handled the oncoming onslaught, I’m guessing it wasn’t enough because most of us in Breezy and Rockaway were forced to leave our homes for several months and in some cases, years in the aftermath of that witch, Sandy. In hindsight, there really wasn’t anything we could do to protect our homes from the historic storm surge. But what about our pets?

Because we live on the coast, it is important to have a plan in place for our pets in the event of a storm like “she who shall not be named,” because, in my opinion, it’s not if it happens again, it is when.

So, what should we do? Well, for one thing, know which evacuation shelters and hotels are pet friendly. Make arrangements with friends or family members who live inland well in advance, so that they, and you, are on the same page about allowing you and your pets to evacuate to them in an emergency. Make sure that your pet has proper identification, tags, and microchips in case you become separated. Prepare an emergency kit of food, water, medication and veterinary records. Also, have a leash, carrier, bedding, and any other items you might need.  But do not evacuate and leave them behind thinking you can come back and get them. The reality is that you might not be able to get back home right away, or worse, your home might be destroyed.

It is crucial to prioritize your safety and the safety of your family during a hurricane evacuation. Your family includes your pets. They depend on you. By having a plan in place, and including your pets in your plans, you can ensure a safe outcome.

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