Monday, 04 March 2013 14:53
Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week – March 4th – 8th
The National Weather Service (NWS) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have declared the week of March 4 – 8, 2013 as Severe Weather Awareness Week for Missouri. The goal of the week is quite simple: Save Lives! Spay & Neuter Kansas City is encouraging everyone to start thinking now and prepare for the upcoming severe weather season.
Pet owners must think about their pets as well and the best way to do this is by being prepared. Everyone should have a basic knowledge of severe weather safety rules and have a severe weather plan in place. This Tuesday, March 5th around 1:30pm, a severe weather drill will be conducted. Knowing what to do, or where to go when severe weather threatens can be the difference between life and death for you and your pet.
Tornado and Storm Safety Tips
Tornado situations will often produce anxiety, fear and a need to escape for some pets. Debris displaced by high winds, can cause injury to animals left outdoors. Take preparedness measures to protect and care for your pet during tornadoes.
Preparing Pets for Tornadoes
Create an emergency supply kit for your pet, should you need to evacuate your home due to heavy destruction.
- A 3-5 day supply of food and water for your pet, bowls and a non-electric can opener.
- Sanitation items, such as a litter box or puppy pads, and disposal equipment.
- Crates to provide the animal with a secure and safe hiding spot; make sure that the crate is clearly labeled.
- Leash and collar should you need to transport your pet, carrier for cats.
- Any medications for pets and all medical records for them as well.
- All animals should have some sort of identification (collar with tag, microchip). Get your pet’s rabies, KCMO Pet License and Microchip at SNKC for only $30!
- Take a photo of your pet and keep it with the medical records.
Prepare to seek shelter.
- Practice getting the entire family, including pets, to the tornado safe area during calm weather.
- Train your dog to go to the area on command or to come to you on command regardless of distractions.
- Learn how to quickly and safely secure your cat.
- Know the hiding places of your pet and how to quickly and safely gather your pet.
During a Tornado
- Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm.
- NEVER leave pets tied up outside.
- If they are frightened, reassure them and remain calm.
- Pets should be provided the same cover as humans during severe weather.
Put all pets in cages or carriers and in the safe room when a tornado warning is issued.
- Animals can sense bad weather and will look for a place to hide if they sense it is near.
NEVER leave your pet chained outside or enclosed in a manner in which they cannot escape danger.
After a Tornado
- Be aware that a pet’s behavior may change before, during and after a disaster.
- In the first few hours after the storm, leash your pets when they go outside until they readjust to the situation.
- Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost.
- Keep your pet away from storm damaged areas.
- Power lines could be down and dangerous objects will be littered about everywhere.
- If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office.
- Bring along a picture of your pet, if possible.
Development of this tip sheet was by the Center for Food Security and Public Health