Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 to November 30, with the peak typically between mid-August and late October. Hurricanes are part and parcel of life in southwest Florida and it is vital to be prepared when nature strikes. Keeping you and your family (including your pets) safe depends on being prepared and staying alert to the latest weather forecast.
We’ve included some pet-friendly hurricane tips and resources below to help you and your family stay safe.
Make A Plan
Every member of the family needs to know what to do when disaster strikes. What are the escape routes from your home? Who is responsible for ensuring the safety of your pet? Create a family disaster plan to make sure everyone knows what to do and where to go. Practice your evacuation plan twice a year and include your pets to get them used to the procedure.
Pack the Essentials
Prepare a “go bag” for your pet that includes essential items like food, water, and medications in case you need to evacuate. Be sure to include a current photo of you and your pet, to make sure they find their way back to their rightful person! Many pets look alike, so be sure to make note of any unique or differentiating physical features. We put together this checklist and pet info card to help you quickly compile essential info: Pet Disaster Info and Checklist
Know Where To Go
For some, the best part of living in the Sarasota area is the pet-friendly amenities. While not all county shelters accept pets, Sarasota County offers 6 pet-friendly shelters. Make sure your family knows which pet-friendly shelter is closest to you BEFORE disaster hits.
Bayside Pet Resort is not considered a hurricane shelter. We will comply with our standard business hours unless instructed by state officials to evacuate. In the event of evacuation, we will make every effort to contact our clients and/or their emergency contacts, and will do our best to allow time to pick up or make other arrangements for their pets. We will return to our location as soon as officials clear the area, to asses our conditions and provide care for any pets left at the facility.