(UPDATED: November 12, 2020)
Typhoon Ulysses' strong winds and heavy rain triggered floods in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon. At 7:58 a.m. on November 12, the Marikina River's water level reached 21.6 meters—surpassing the level it peaked at during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
With this in mind, Filipinos are encouraged to prepare for any unexpected, unfortunate circumstances. Of course, in times of need, we want to keep every member of our families safe—including our beloved pets. Pets do not exactly have the means to take care of themselves so it would be best to include them in your disaster preparedness plans.
Here are a few ways to make sure your pets are free from harm during natural calamities.
Make sure that they are in closed shelters.
During calamities, it’s very unsafe to keep your pets outdoors since the things that are happening outside will most likely harm them. Whether it’s ashfall, heavy rain, or an earthquake—make sure they’re safe by allowing them to stay inside your home.
Make sure that your pets can easily be identified.
Have them wear collar ID tags with updated information—complete with the owner’s name, address, and contact number. This is done to make sure that they can easily be brought back to you if they get lost.
Prepare a disaster emergency kit for your pets.
The kit should include the following items:
- Three-day supply of food in a waterproof container
- Bottled water
- Bowls for food and water
- Safety harness or leash
- Waste clean-up supplies (e.g. poo bags, tissue, wet wipes, old newspapers)
- Medications and medical records (i.e. vaccination and other veterinary records)
- A laminated card that contains the contact information of your pets’ veterinarian and other pet care organizations
- A laminated card that contains the owner’s contact information
Be sure to place this kit in an easily-accessible area because you would need to grab it during evacuation.
Know where your pets hide when they’re scared.
Every pet has their own preferred safe space. Some like to hide under the couch, while there are others who love waiting by the door. Wherever it may be, make sure that you know just exactly where they would be, so you could grab them and immediately take them to safety. Also, you should try to limit their access to any spots that may be hard to get them out of.
Find evacuation areas that allow pets.
During times of disaster, most evacuation centers may not have space to accommodate your pets since they are already packed with people. If this is the case, ask around for places that would willingly take them in.
In case of an emergency, here is a list of hotlines you can call:
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