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We’ve talked about Disaster Planning before, since coastal Virginia is known for taking hits from tropical storms, minor [so far!] hurricanes, and Nor’easters. But with flood zones appearing to grow and deepen, more residents may be forced to evacuate their homes when severe weather is on the way.

[Virginians, find your storm surge flood map here.]

Disaster planning can also help in an emergency — evacuation due to a fire, for instance — so it is recommended year-round, according to Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian.

Nationwide Pet Insurance has produced this infographic to help you remember the important things when making your plan.

Disaster Plan

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Contact Us to reserve your copy of this Disaster Preparedness guide ($2 per booklet):

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The 2012 Hurricane Season is just a memory, but it’s never too soon to gather resources for future events. I spoke with Mr. Scott Mahone, Norfolk’s Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, and he wanted me to pass along information on Norfolk’s Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelter. The shelter is open to all pet owners who meet the guidelines listed below. Owners are expected to remain at the shelter with their pets — this is not a drop-off service.

The following information is excerpted from Norfolk.gov:

Norfolk now has a Pet-Friendly Shelter! 

Located at the Bayview Recreation Center. Be sure to review all the requirements below before bringing your pet to the shelter. 

Pets will not be permitted at other shelters within the Norfolk City limits.

Location of the Pet-Friendly Shelter:
Bayview Recreation Center
8613 Willow Terrace Blvd.
Norfolk, Va. 23503

Pets that will be accepted at the shelter:
Norfolk’s Pet-Friendly Shelter will be available for domestic animals only.
Household Pets: A domestic animal, such as a

  • dog
  • cat
  • bird
  • rabbit
  • rodent
  • turtle

that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes, can travel in commercial carriers, and be housed in temporary facilities.
*Owner will be responsible for animal care, including walking and feeding their animal(s).

Household pets do not include

  • reptiles (except turtles)
  • amphibians
  • fish
  • insects/arachnids
  • farm animals (including horses)
  • animals kept for racing purposes.

Note: Service Animals are permitted at any and all shelters!

For complete information, including Pet Preparation Tips and the Registration Process, visit the official site here.Est. 1973

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     Last week, I considered blogging about disaster preparedness during storm season.  I decided not to because I thought it might be a bit of a downer, and, anyway, there weren’t any big storms on the horizon.  That changed over the weekend.  No one has suggested so far that we’ll get much more than a glancing blow from Earl, but it does make one consider what to do in the event of a more direct hit.

     To help you consider all angles of your evacuation or shelter plan, the American Veterinary Medical Association has compiled a booklet called “Saving the Whole Family (Disaster Preparedness Series.)”  When the AVMA says “whole family,” they mean pets, too.  Many folks discover the hard way that storm shelters set up for people will not accept pets.  Also, pets come with a laundry list of supplies needed to keep them in good health during evacuation.

     The booklet, which provides pre-evacuation and post-crisis advice, is available at our office for $2.  As a benefit, $1.50 of the purchase price will be donated to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund.  The Fund will be used to cover costs associated with medical treatment for animals, animal care, medical teams and supplies in storm-damaged areas.

     While the booklet is chock-full of good advice, you must still do some research of your own.  Do you know which animal shelters in town are willing or able to take in pets during a hurricane?  Is your pet guaranteed a spot at the shelter?  What supplies and documentation will be required?  There is no time like the present to learn about your options – don’t wait until the trees start bending.

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