Are You Prepared if You (And Your Dog) Have to Evacuate?

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Hurricane Isaac forces hundreds of pets into shelters as they are evacuated from the storm’s path; prompting an emergency preparedness initiative by Dogington Post.

Are you prepared if you (and your dog) have to evacuate?

Are you prepared if you (and your dog) have to evacuate?

At a bare minimum, every single family dog should be microchipped and an evacuation plan should be in place and practiced ahead of time.

Hurricane Isaac moved through the Gulf of Mexico this week, threatening the west coast of Florida and Mississippi before making landfall in Louisiana. Though the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, torrential rain from the storm left large areas of the region flooded and without power.

Reuters reported more than 1 million residents of Louisiana and Mississippi were without power due to the storm. Fears of a possible failure of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Mississippi prompted authorities to order an evacuation of 60,000 residents.

But what happens with their family pets?

Additionally, hundreds of dogs and cats were evacuated from rescue shelters located in the path of Hurricane Isaac.

Dogington Post launched an emergency preparedness initiative, while the eyes of the country watched the news of the evacuations unfold. The online dog news source announced their new campaign using the Hurricane Isaac evacuations as an example to educate pet owners on the importance of being prepared for an emergency.

This latest initiative is designed to encourage all dog owners to develop a plan that includes their pets in the event they are forced to evacuate their homes due to an emergency.

“Sadly, so many pet owners are unprepared for an emergency and as a result, any time there's a disaster, it's the pets that are left behind,” says Brandy Arnold, Content Editor for Dogington Post. “At a bare minimum, every single family dog should be microchipped and an evacuation plan should be in place and practiced ahead of time.”

The site has included tips for dog parents on how to prepare for an emergency; how to make an emergency evacuation plan; resources for pet-friendly shelters; and news about dogs rescued from floods left by Hurricane Isaac.

For more information about Dogington Post and their effort to promote emergency preparedness for pets, visit http://dogingtonpost.com and check them out on YouTube.

About Dogington Post:
DogingtonPost.com was created for the love of dogs. It promises a forum of informative articles, newsworthy dog stories, health and breed information, and heartwarming videos. The site addresses current issues affecting dogs and their human parents – from serious health concerns to lifestyle issues on feeding, grooming and the overall well-being and mental health of dogs. It is the Internet newspaper, all about dogs.

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