Leaving your pets home alone will place them at greater
risk. This should not be considered an option when making your hurricane
plans. However, if you have exhausted all options and are unable to evacuate
with your pets due to a surprise hit by a hurricane that may have changed course
at the last minute, you should provide the following when leaving them at home:
- A room without windows (because of possible broken glass), that
still provides ventilation. Do not confine dogs and cats in the same room or
space if possible, and do not leave them in carriers. Small animals and
birds should be safely caged.
- At least a three-day supply of food. More is preferable.
- Plenty of water (several gallons) that will not easily be
knocked over and a dripping faucet if possible (such as the bathtub).
- Access to a high area that they can reach in case of flooding.
- Familiar bedding and toys (for comfort).
Place a notice on your front door advising what pets
are in the house and where they are located.
Provide a telephone number where
you or a contact can be reached, as well as the name and number of your
Do you have a bird?
If you have a bird, leave food in dispensers that
regulate the amount of food. Supply extra water. Birds must eat daily to
survive. Secure cages so they will not swing or fall. Cover the cage with a
thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.