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HURRICANE AND OTHER DISASTER PLAN
 
Hurricane season runs from June to November of each year, but storms can form at other times.  In the event that a hurricane watch or warning is issued, sitters will need to secure their own homes and possibly evacuate their own families and pets.  But we will first secure clients’ homes and pets.  We must take care of everything before a storm hits, because we will be unable to be on the road during a hurricane or tropical storm.  Because we may not be able to reach clients before, during, or after a storm, we require each client to complete a form to plan ahead.  We offer three choices.
 
Choice 1.  We Transport Pet to Emergency Caretaker (Best Option)
  • We will secure your home to the best of our ability.
  •  We will contact your emergency caretaker and make arrangements to drop off pet.
  • We will transport your pet to your emergency caretaker for the duration of the storm.
  • After the storm is over and roads are passable, we will check on your home to see if it’s inhabitable.If your home is inhabitable, we will contact your emergency caretaker and arrange for pick up of your pet.
  • We will transport your pet back to your home and will continue scheduled care. (Emergency caretakers may pick up and/or drop off pets if they wish.)Charges will apply for each trip we make, but no charges will apply while pets are with the emergency caretaker.  Extra charges may apply for any extended visit time necessary at your home prior to and after a storm.
 
Choice 2.  We Transport Pet to Vet or Boarding Facility
  • We will secure your home to the best of our ability.
  •  We will contact your vet or boarding facility and make arrangements to drop off your pet.
  •  We will transport your pet to your boarding facility for the duration of the storm.
  • After the storm is over and roads are passable, we will check on your home to see if it’s inhabitable. If your home is inhabitable, we will contact your vet or boarding facility and arrange for pick up of your pet.
  •  We will transport your pet back to your home and will continue scheduled care.
Charges will apply for each trip we make, but no charges will apply while pets are at the facility. Extra charges may apply for any extended visit time necessary at your home prior to and after a storm. IMPORTANT:  Please leave your credit card on file at the vet or boarding facility or make other payment arrangements with the facility ahead of time. We are unable to pay for boarding and wait for reimbursement.  Also, please confirm that they will be able to accommodate your pet in case of hurricane AND/OR evacuation (hurricanes category 1 – 5).
 Additionally, find out what they require (proof of vaccinations, crates, food, etc.).
 
Choice 3.  Pet Remains in Your Home
  • We will secure your home to the best of our ability.
  •  We will secure your pet in a room or crate for the duration of the storm.
  •  After the storm is over and roads are passable, we will continue scheduled care.
  • No charge for missed visits.  Extra charges may apply for any extended visit time necessary at your home prior to and after a storm. No visits will be made during a storm.  Please note that if a mandatory evacuation order is issued or if roads are closed or impassable, the pet sitter may not be able to return for an extended period of time. IMPORTANT:  Please note that should any pets end up being taken in by or evacuated with a sitter (instead of one of the three choices), the pet owners will be responsible for ALL costs involved, including but not limited to vehicle rentals (if necessary to accommodate animals), supplies, lodging, meals, gas, and time.  Securing your home before you leave home during hurricane season:If you are out of town, your pets are in our care, and a hurricane is approaching, sitters will only be able to do minor work, such as taking in small plants and items, and making sure windows and doors are locked.  Please have friends, family, a handyman, or neighbors ready to go to your house on their own time to move large/heavy items and to board up doors and windows (if necessary).  Beg Pet Services is not responsible for any damage done to your home by a hurricane or other natural or man-made disaster.
 
Securing your pets before you leave home during hurricaneseason:
A.  Crates.  Each pet should have a crate/carrier large enough to stand and turn around in.  Cat carriers should have enough room for a small litter box.  Put bedding in the crate if your pet won’t ingest it.  If possible, use masking or duct tape and an indelible marker to label the outside of each crate with pet’s name, type (dog/cat), your name, your address, your phone number, vet’s name and number, and any major medical problem.
B.  Disaster Supply Kit.  The ASPCA, Red Cross, and Humane Society of the U.S. recommend that a disaster supply kit be prepared for your pets.  It should be ready to go in an easy-to-carry duffle or watertight container.  Here are some suggested items:
  •  Collar or harness with rabies and ID tags attached.  Ideally, all dogs already will be wearing collars with ID tags.
  •  Leashes for dogs. Food and treats (plus manual can opener if necessary for canned food) to last 2 weeks.  Remember there might be no refrigeration/electricity.
  •  Water to last 2 weeks. Lightweight bowls.
  •  Disposable cat litter box, scoop, and litter.
  •  Paper towels, spray cleaner, trash bags, and baby wipes.
  •  Pet first aid kit. Place in a sealed zipper sandwich baggy inside the kit: Photo of EACH PET labeled on back with pet’s name & your contact info.
  •  Copy of most recent vaccination record for EACH PET.
  • Detailed instructions for EACH PET, including food, medications, and behavior problems.  Also include microchip ID # and company contact information.
  • Medications
 
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