Springtime in Indiana is beautiful, but can be very unpredictable. Spring weather in Indiana can range from cold, wet snow to beautiful, sunny 75 degree days. The key word for surviving spring in Indiana is preparedness.
The average number of tornadoes in Indiana is 22 per year, but the damage from straight line winds is actually more common than tornado damage. Don’t wait until storms hit the area to worry about damages to your property and whether or not you have adequate insurance coverage. The time to make certain you are sufficiently protected is before the storm! If you have recently made any updates to your home, especially additional square or additional outbuildings make sure you have brought your policy up to date to protect these upgrades.
Lots of times we have to leave our homes for extended periods of time due to the damage from wind, hail or flooding. Having a plan for your pets during a disaster or emergency will save valuable time and keep your pets safe and help you keep your sanity.
Have a to-go bag with at least a five day supply of your pet’s essentials and place it in an accessible area because time will be of the essence. The bag should include things like food and water bowls, pet food, bottled water, medications and first aid items. Be sure you have a collar with the pet’s identification tags secured on the collar, leash, muzzle (if needed), pet toys, current pet photos, veterinary and medical records, a cat litter box, litter, scoop and waste bags.
This can be a very stressful time for your best friend. Try to alleviate stress by including a familiar blanket or bedding. Also a pet carrier or kennel can keep the pet isolated from noise and the two or four legged curious onlookers.
Keep a list of evacuation shelters and pet-friendly hotels in your to-go bag. Not all shelters or hotels accept pets and it will keep you from stressing out if you have a list of places that will accept all of your family before disaster strikes.
Have written information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavioral issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them with a foster family.
Other useful items to take with you include newspapers, paper towels, plastic bags, grooming items and household bleach.
Your pets are dependent on you to provide for them, even in an emergency. Be prepared!