Hurricane Ian eyes landfall in Florida: Emergency information for residents to keep pets safe

Important info for Florida residents in path of Ian

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Florida is projected to have Hurricane Ian hit them sometime this week and many residents will have their pets with them when evacuating.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency and told residents in certain areas to start evacuating as a hurricane watch has been issued for Florida’s central western coast, including the Tampa area.

Please note that service animals are the only pets allowed in most public emergency shelters. Some motels and hotels allow smaller pets for an additional fee or deposit. If you have an exotic pet, contact your local pet store to help find shelter, as they might not be welcomed in emergency shelters and hotels.

Also -- Florida evacuation zones for Hurricane Ian: How to find your zone by county

Hurricane Ian is forming during the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Here’s what Florida pet owners should have with them to prepare for Hurricane Ian:

  • Proof of your pet’s vaccinations.
  • Information about your pet insurance.
  • An updated pet tag and rabies tag on their collars.
  • Updated photo of you with your pet in case you need proof of ownership if you get separated from your pet.
  • At least a 1-week supply of food and fresh water for your pets in a waterproof, airtight container.
    • Make sure to have your pet’s bowls and treats!
  • Pet cage or carrier (whatever is the most comfortable for them)
  • Toys and familiar items to help reduce the stress of your pets.
    • Mark all your pets’ belongings with a waterproof marker
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Paper towels for the cleanup
  • Poop bags for waste

If you can’t take your pets with you when evacuating your home, let officials know there are pets inside with an emergency stick. Click here to order one from ASPCA. When evacuating your home, make sure to turn off your electricity at the main breaker.

Read more -- Hurricane Ian eyes Florida landfall: Emergency information, resources for residents

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About the Author:

Elizabeth Washington is a Digital News Editor and has been with Local 4 News since April 2022.