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Posted on 11-11-2015

11/11/15

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

As too many people from Bastrop County know disasters can strike at any time.  Just this year the county has endured 3 separate major events; the Memorial Day flood, the Hidden Pines fire and the Halloween flood.  These disasters can have people and pets scrambling to get out fast. 

So what are some steps you can take to keep your pets safe?  First off be aware of weather warnings in your area.  If the weather service is predicting the possibility of flash floods or red flag warnings are posted during a time you know has been short on rainfall, believe them and take steps to prepare.

A couple of things that can help your pets ahead of time is to be sure they are microchipped and have a collar with identification and current rabies tags.  Even if they are ‘indoor only’ pets, if your home is destroyed they could escape and in fear, flee the area.  Help someone who may find your pet identify them and return them to you.

Know ahead places where you can board or stay with your fur friends.  Check on-line for pet friendly hotels and boarding facilities.  Here in the Bastrop area Crossroads Animal Hospital has a fully staffed boarding facility and Best Friends Boarding Kennel has two locations in the area, just to name a couple.  A couple of pet friendly hotels in the area are Comfort Suites in Bastrop and America’s Best Value Inn in Smithville.

If you have a trusted neighbor in your area, exchange pet information with them and access to spare keys to your house.  If you are caught away from home when disaster strikes they may be able to help evacuate your animals for you. 

Try to keep an emergency kit for your animals: food for a week, drinking water, medication (prescriptions), copy of vaccination records, photographs of you and your pets and leashes. 

In 2011 Bastrop experienced the most destructive wildfire in Texas history.  The fire spread quickly and consumed more than 34,000 acres and destroyed over 1600 homes.  There was very little time for people to evacuate themselves and their pets and because it was a holiday many people were not home at the time.  Some of the tips listed above could help in horrible situations like this.

Be sure to go online and research more tips for preparing your pets for disasters.  We borrowed some of these tips from RedRover.org. 

Got any other tips or stories about times you had to evacuate?  Join in the conversation now.

Thanks all,

‘PAWS’ at Crossroads

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