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 veterinarian.

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.