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Prepare Your Pets for Hurricane Irene

By August 25, 2011

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Two dogs in New Orleans await transportation to a temporary shelter in preparation for Hurricane Gustav, Aug 30, 2008.

Do you have an evacuation plan for yourself and your companion animals? And evacuation kits? I'll admit that I have a plan, but not a kit yet. But since I live on the East Coast of the U.S. and our street flooded during an ordinary thunderstorm just days ago, I'm going to assemble my kits in the next couple of days.

Whether Irene is beating down your doors or you've got days of sun in your forecast, there are things you can do to prepare for a disaster, whenever it should strike. Packing food, water and medicines are common sense, but did you know that you should also leave a note on your front door so that rescue workers will know whether you and your animals were able to get out? Learn what you can do to prepare your pets for disasters.

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