Did you know that August to October is known as the “heart of the hurricane season?” And that September is the month in which tropical storms and hurricanes hit their peak?
When you’re preparing for hurricane season, don’t forget about pet protection. During and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of pets were abandoned because their owners had no plans to evacuate them. It’s estimated that between 50,000 to 70,000 pets perished when Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast states.
Another survey found that 44 percent of people who rode out the storm did so in order to stay with their pets.
Congress took note of this—and then took action by passing the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act in 2006. This piece of legislation requires local jurisdictions to have a pet evacuation plan in place to qualify for FEMA funding in the event of a disaster. It’s estimated that the act has saved thousands of pets' lives since being enacted.
Pet protection tips
Pet owners still need to take steps to protect their pets even if their communities have pet evacuation centers. Top pet protection tips to weather a natural disaster include:
By following these pet protection tips, you can rest assured that you’re doing your best to keep your pets safe when Mother Nature is doling out her worst.