As Hurricane Irene Races Up the East Coast - Are you and your animal Prepared?

August 26, 2011

The National Weather Service is currently predicting that Hurricane Irene will slam into the Northeast as a Category Two storm on Sunday evening, but we’ll likely see some heavy weather - including total rainfall of up to seven inches - even before that. Are you and your pets prepared?

Check out the links below for some disaster preparation tips from the experts and have your county OEM number handy.

NJ Office of Emergency Management



Plain Talk on Protecting Pets

Plain Talk on Protecting Livestock

Other Useful Links for Animals in Disasters

Make sure you’ve got everything you need: food, potable water and medications for you and your animals; ID tags on your pets’ collars and current photos and paperwork; and first aid supplies for your two- and four-legged family members. Take a careful look at your property. Identify the best place for your animals in each type of disaster you can forsee. Make arrangements with a trustworthy neighbor for horse and livestock care and/or evacuation procedures in the event that a disaster occurs when you are not home. This person should have access to your animals and be familiar with them.

Your emergency and evacuation plans must include provisions for your pets.
Have a safe place to take your pets, especially in case an evacuation is ordered.
  • Plan NOW, before an emergency, to find out whether friends, relatives or pet-friendly hotels can shelter your animals in the event of a disaster. Keep a list of pet-friendly places, including phone numbers, with your other disaster supplies.
  • Remember: During an evacuation, American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
  • This directory of Pet-Friendly Hotels and Motels may help. Important: DO NOT ASSUME any hotel listed here will allow pets until you have called and spoken with someone at that hotel!
In case you need assistance, have your county and municipal office of emergency management numbers on hand as well as the number of your local animal shelter.
If you aren’t evacuated, you might still face a lengthy power outage. The NJ Office of Emergency Management is warning its citizens to prepare for at least 72 hours without power. Make sure that you have non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener, that you have a flashlight with fresh batteries, and enough clean drinking water to keep yourself, your family and your pets hydrated.