Getting ready for hurricane Ian, you have a lot on your mind. Things like securing your home, stocking up on supplies, taking care of loved ones. But don’t forget about your furry or feathery friends. To help you, we have a few pet safety tips for hurricanes.
If you have not already begun thinking about your pets, it is time. If you are thinking of evacuating or going to a shelter, keep in mind many shelters do not allow pets. Not all hotels are pet friendly. Not all friends’ homes are pet friendly. If you have outdoor animals, it’s especially important to find a safe place for them. NEVER leave an animal outside, exposed to the elements, with no shelter during a hurricane.
During the storm, keep your pets away from windows. If they are used to kennels or cages, consider keeping them inside of one. It could give them a better sense of security.
Most of all, try to stay calm. Animals sense your emotions. So do your children. If you are anxious and upset, there is a good chance they will be too. Take some deep breathes if you need to reset. Know that that Southwest Florida authorities are prepared and ready to help in the event of damage and power outages.