Commitment to Care: Hurricane Pet Kit:  What You Should Include 

It is that time of year again, it is hurricane season. As Floridians, we are no strangers to the tremendous power of hurricanes. While we are making our preparations, it is crucial not to overlook the safety of our furry family members. Our pets rely on us to keep them secure and comfortable during these frightening times. With hurricane season just around the corner, let us go through essential steps to ensure the well-being of our beloved pets.  

Hurricane season in Florida is from June 1st till November 30th. The best thing you can do for your entire family, human or animal, is to prepare early.  Preparing early will give you more free time to prepare your home and do things that you cannot do early.  I personally have a bin stocked and labeled for my pets by June 1st in the garage should a storm come our way.  Should I have to evacuate I can just grab the one bin and go.  It is just one less thing for me and my family to worry about during this stressful time.  

Putting together this kit is simple. A well-prepared pet hurricane kit should include:  

FOOD: You want to have about a 2-week supply. I purchase a smaller bag and cans with a pull top, so I do not have to worry about having a can opener.  

MEDICATION: If your pets require any mediation, ensure you have enough for at least 2 weeks. Also keep a hard copy of your pet’s prescriptions along with their vaccination record in a waterproof bag.  

COMFORT ITEMS: Pack familiar items such as blankets, toys, and bedding or a piece of clothing that smells like you, that can help reduce anxiety during stressful situations.  

LEASH, HARNESS, AND CARRIER: Ensure you have a sturdy leash and harness for dogs and a secure carrier for cats and other animals.  

IDENTIFICATION AND MICROCHIP: Make sure your pet’s ID tags are up to date with your current contact information. Check to make sure your pet’s microchip is registered and up to date. If you do not have a microchip, contact us and we will be happy to implant one. A microchip is the best way to get your pet home should he or she become separated from you.  

SANITATION SUPPLIES: Always keep a supply of poop baggies, wipes to clean up accidents, litter, and litter box.  

RECENT PHOTO AND MEDICAL RECORDS: Keep a current photo of each of your pets and a hard copy of the past 2 years of medical records in your kit. Should you need to evacuate or travel out of state you will have medical records with you. If you go to a shelter, they can refuse your pet entry if you do not have this documentation.  

COLLAPSIBLE FOOD AND WATER BOWLS: These are space-saving essentials and are perfect for on-the-go meals and water.  

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION: Have a list of important contact information, including   your veterinarian’s phone number, emergency veterinary clinics and local animal shelters. Add the phone numbers of family or friends who can assist you with your pet if needed. Keep this list in a waterproof bag in your kit.  

Remember to go through your pet’s hurricane kit when hurricane season is over and replace items as needed. Use up the food that is in there and replace it when the season starts again. Being prepared will give you peace of mind.  

As a responsible pet parent, it is our duty to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our furry family members during hurricane season. By planning ahead, assembling a comprehensive pet hurricane kit, we can minimize risks and ensure that our pet’s weather the storm safely by our side. Together, let us navigate hurricane season with compassion, preparedness, and resilience.