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Preparing pets for hurricane season

by jmaloni

Press release

Tue, May 28th 2013 07:00 am

TripsWithPets.com offers disaster preparedness guide for pets

Hurricane season is now upon us - running from June 1 to Nov. 30. It is expected to be a busy hurricane season this year. Some experts have predicted 18 named storms and nine hurricanes, four of which may be major hurricanes.

It is not realistic to think certain areas cannot be affected by a hurricane. The entire Atlantic and Gulf coasts are considered high-risk areas. Inland areas are affected by the high winds, floods and tornadoes. The best protection from a hurricane is to be prepared and have a plan. These plans should include the entire family - that means pets, too.

To help pet owners prepare for hurricane season, TripsWithPets.com provides an online disaster preparedness and resource guide for pets (www.tripswithpets.com/prepare).

Pets are abandoned during hurricanes and natural disasters every year. Pet owners' lack of planning is a big part of the problem. Many find themselves scrambling to find a safe harbor for their pet in the event of evacuation from their homes.

The most important part of a disaster plan is to prepare for an evacuation. Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states' health and safety regulations and other considerations. Further, most kennels, veterinarians, and animal shelters are usually filled beyond capacity. TripsWithPets.com's disaster preparedness and resource guide for pets offers a pet evacuation plan checklist, complete with resources on finding a safe place for pets to stay, what to do if pets are home alone when disaster strikes, as well as recommended items to include in a pet evacuation and disaster kit.

In addition, the TripsWithPets.com disaster preparedness and resource guide for pets includes links to the National Hurricane Center, Weather Channel, American Red Cross and FEMA - just to name a few. The guide also offers site visitors access to helpful directories, such as 20,000-plus pet friendly accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airlines, pet hospitals and more.

"We never know when a disaster will strike. That's why we all need to take the time now to prepare a disaster plan for our pets," said Kim Salerno, president of Trips with Pets. "The best thing you can do to ensure the safety and well being of your pets is to be prepared."

To keep pets safe, create a disaster plan now.

The TripsWithPets.com disaster preparedness and resource guide for pets can be found at www.tripswithpets.com/prepare.

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