I think everyone is hoping that we have a mild hurricane season this year. The last thing we need is to have another storm like the ones we have had in the last three years.

If you have pets, it's not a bad idea to get a hurricane kit together now so you don't have to think about it in the event that a storm threatens our area.

You can set aside a bag full of the basics that your pet would need in the event that you need to evacuate to either a shelter or someone else's home. The Red Cross does recommend that you make sure pets are welcome at a shelter you plan to stay in. Most do not unless they are service animals.

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They also recommend that you keep a list of places to stay that do allow pets, but make sure that you have adequate supplies for them.

Most veterinarians will work with you if your pet has to take medicine, and you would like to prepare that to put into your bag of supplies. With the severity of storms in recent years, it's not a bad idea to ask for a two-week supply.

You can put together a bag full of items your pet would need like their food, water, and the bowls that go along with it. You should add pet waste bags to your collection of items, and kitty litter along with their box. A blanket, bed, and toys are also something to make it to your list so you can make your pet as comfortable as possible in a new environment.

The above are just a few of the basic things to think about if you have to evacuate along with your pets. The Red Cross also recommends having your pet microchipped.

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