Getting Ready for the Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

The hurricane season is upon us (well, those who live in hurricane-prone areas, at least) so I thought I would mention a few things about being ready if a hurricane happens to come your way.

One important thing to determine before hurricane season arrives is where the nearest hurricane shelter is that you will be evacuating to if evacuation becomes necessary. Check local newspapers and local hurricane-preparedness websites to locate the best one for you. Make sure you know how to get there and if there is a special evacuation route you need to take, learn what it is before the hurricane is bearing down on you.

If you have a pet that you want to take to the hurricane shelter with you, check ahead of time to make sure they will be welcome. If not, many local veterinarians are usually willing to take pets on a first-come, first-served basis. They will probably need their own cage, water and food supply, and bowls for eating and drinking. All vaccinations will need to be up-to-date and be sure they have ID tags.

While the weather’s nice outside, be sure you know where and how to turn off your water, gas and electricity if necessary. Also take a look around your yard and figure out what will need to be moved inside if a hurricane threatens. Be sure you have somewhere to put everything that could become a projectile in a high wind.

Hopefully, we won’t need these precautions this hurricane season, but it’s much better to prepare ahead of time.