Pack emergency supplies for pets, too
Question: I'm creating an emergency supply kit for my pet. What should I include?
Answer: Your emergency kit should contain your pet's crate; a two-week supply of food and water and prescription medications including flea/tick prevention; and animal care supplies such as a collar and leash, towels, toys, plastic bags, cleansers and disinfectants.
The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and sit comfortably. Cat crates should be large enough to include a litter pan. Place identification tags on your crate.
Carry photos of you and your pet as well as any pictures that show his distinguishing features. Identify your pet with a tag, microchip, and license for dogs.
Q: I'd like my family to be prepared in case we need to evacuate with our cat. Any suggestions?
A: State disaster plans now include shelters for people and their animal companions, provided the pet is in a crate. Animals not crated will be required to remain in your vehicle, parked in a designated area near the shelter. Pet owners should also bring their emergency kit to the shelter.
In case you are not at home when disaster strikes, plan ahead with a neighbor or friend who can take your animal and meet you at a predetermined location. This person should be comfortable with your pet, have a key to your home and know where your supply kit is kept.
If evacuation is not necessary, bring your pet indoors well ahead of a natural disaster. Prepare a safe area, for you and your animal companion, protected from breaking glass, wind and noise. Put a frightened animal in his crate to reduce the chances of getting loose or injured.
Q: How do I find a shelter nearest my home?
A: A list of shelters can be viewed on the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Emergency Management Web site (www.honolulu.gov/ocda/shelter.htm). Shelters will be opened selectively depending on the severity of the incident.
The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Put "Pet Ohana" in the subject line. Or, write "Pet Ohana," Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96826.