Don't Forget Your Pet!
When weather threatens, consider your pet. Your pet does not want to be out in a storm anymore than you do. Thunderstorms can be scary, while hurricanes can be life-threatening to your pet.
With winds often exceeding 100 MPH, the threat to animals is obvious. Flying debris, driving rain, the animal escaping a fenced yard and becoming lost, even being picked up by the high winds are all possibilities.
Loud noises can frighten many animals. If they are outdoors they may seek shelter, even if that means leaving the relative safety of your yard. The best idea is to bring your pets inside, they will be comforted by your presence and be out of the weather. You can distract the pet by playing with a favorite toy or games until the storm passes.
Take your pets with you as you seek higher ground. A crate will help should you have to evacuate. Remember pets can be swept away by moving water that may not effect you.
Keep your pets nearby as you seek shelter.
While fireworks can be entertaining to us, to your pet they can be as freighting as thunderstorms. Bring them inside, give food, water, and blankets. Play games to distract your pet.
Talk to your vet about a microchip for your pet. Microchips are an inexpensive way to help reunite pet and owner should they become separated. Make sure your contact information is up to date. Animal shelters will attempt to contact the last known phone number and address. Also, make sure your pet has a collar with up-to-date tags whenever they are outside.