HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
As tropical systems Julio and Iselle’s paths are expected to pass over the Hawaiian Islands later this week, The Humane Society of the United States reminds residents to include pets in their disaster preparedness plans.
While the path and force of Iselle is still uncertain, the storm could produce high winds and flooding. Residents in the potential areas of impact should stay up-to-date on the storm’s progress, including bringing animals inside to protect them from flooding or loose debris should the winds strengthen. Pet owners should have an emergency plan and kit that includes their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area should the storm strengthen.
Inga Gibson, Hawaii senior state director for The HSUS, advises: “If it’s not safe for you; it’s not safe for your pet. If you must evacuate, then please take your pets with you.”
The HSUS reminds pet owners to create a pet emergency kit that is available if people should have to shelter in place or evacuate. Be sure to put a collar with visible identification on pets, including indoor-only pets. The kit should include:
• Five-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water. Be sure to include a can opener if including canned food.
• Bowls for food and water
• Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings. Ideally you should also be in the photo.
• Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies
• Comfort items such as a toy and blanket
• Small garbage bags
• Paper towels
• For dogs include: leash, harness with identification information and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.