The start of summer brings opportunities to go to the beach, have a picnic, or just enjoy the sun and nice weather. It also brings the threat of severe weather. This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. With the Atlantic hurricane season officially starting June 1, it is certainly important to review hurricane plans, however, as the pictures and reports from last week’s devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma remind us, other parts of the country can be affected by severe weather, too.
If you live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes, take the time to create an emergency plan or update your existing plan. If you don’t live in an area affected by hurricanes, use this week as an opportunity to update your emergency plans and learn about the threats that can affect you. FEMA has many resources for developing a disaster plan. Be sure to include your pets in your disaster plan. The AVMA’s Saving the Whole Family brochure, available as a free download in English and Spanish provides information for creating emergency kits for your pets.
If you would like to learn more about hurricane preparedness check out the AVMA’s Hurricane Preparedness and Response resources page and the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Preparedness page.