Today marks the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
According to the ASPCA’s Olivia Melikhov, Katrina left 600,000 pets dead or homeless. Almost half of the people who did not evacuate during Katrina said it was because they didn’t think they could bring their animals with them.
Yet, even after all that, 35% of you DO NOT have emergency plans in place for the next storm.
I live in Florida and we’re in the middle of hurricane season. Folks in this area should keep their gas tank full, food and water to last up to a week, and a carrier or harness/leash per pet. They should have money set aside for accommodations in case of an evacuation and cash on hand just in case. Oh, and anyone on meds? Have those handy as well.
But emergencies can affect anyone. From wildfire to blizzards to tornadoes, you need a plan. Today would be a perfect day for you to make one. This infographic will help.
The ASPCA asks you to pledge to include your animals in disaster planning. You can do so here.