The State of Florida has designated July 31, 2007 as Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. The State estimates that 52 percent for Florida households include animals and that 25% of these caregivers refuse to evacuate without their pets, potentially jeopardizing public safety and hampering disaster relief efforts. Moreover, animals left behind during a disaster can become injured, ill or die.
In addition to finding out where to go if evacuation is necessary, a good pet plan will include rounding up the following items (via www.haveahurricaneplan.com):
Proper ID collar and rabies tag / license*
Carrier or cage
Ample food supply (at least two weeks)
Water / food bowls
Any necessary medication(s)
Specific care instructions
Newspaper, cat litter, scoop, plastic trash bags for handling waste
Proper ID on all belongings
Non-electrical can opener
Documenting and making sure your pets have had all their shots within the past 12 months.
More available via the Tallahassee Democrat here.