Severe summer storms as well as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and brushfires, can be terrifying things to be caught in for humans and pets alike. These types of weather conditions can often result in scared pets, and scared pets can destroy your home. But, with some consideration and preparation, you can make summer storms safer and easier for both you and your four-legged friend.
1. Create a Plan
In other words, be prepared. Figure out a course of action and make sure that you can act on it immediately. Set aside supplies in an easily accessible, safe place. It is like having a flashlight or candles under the kitchen sink in the event of a blackout. There is a possibility that you may never need them, but in the event of a blackout, there is no need to run around in the dark. You know where to go and what to do to gain light.
2. Make a Kit
Your emergency kit and pet emergency kits are much the same. Non-perishable food, enough water for three days, litter, litter box, solid carrier, puppy pads, plastic bags, medical records in waterproof containers, medicine, extra leash, and in case you get separated, a picture of your pet. Tags and/or microchipping your four-legged friend will also make them simpler to find, should they end up lost.
3. Become a Stickler
Whenever you make a decision, stick to it. Or else, you could put your pet in danger. If one of your decisions is to leave town at the first sign of a dangerous summer storm, then keep your plan. Changing the plan or changing your mind often leads to unnecessary accidents. You are also no longer prepared.
4. Staying Home
If your decision was to stay home to ride out the summer storm, it is important to keep your pet on a leash or in its carrier. There is no telling when you may be forced to evacuate. And even if that does not happen, you do not want to be trying to track down a terrifying pet during the confusion.
5. Leaving Home
It is vital to stay tuned to the news reports during summer storms. If you are told to evacuate, do so at first warning. Furthermore, it is helpful to have everything ready to leave, should you need to evacuate. You should consider using a backpack that can hold all the needed essentials for both you and your pet. Also, know ahead of time where all the shelters are and exactly how to get to them.
6. Remain Calm
Whether you choose to stay, leave early, or are required to evacuate due to the severity of the storm or due to damage to your house, remember to remain calm. In fact, pets can sense emotions. So, having calm behavior can lead to a less-panicked four-legged friend. And remember, do not forget to always speak to your pets in a soothing, calm voice, too.