March 11, 2011
Hawaii Residents Urged to Take Pets When Evacuating In Face of Japan Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake
Residents along the shorelines of all Hawaiian islands are being asked to evacuate in advance of a tsunami triggered by the recent earthquake in Japan. The Humane Society of the United States reminds residents to take their pets with them if they are in an evacuation area.
"It is crucial that residents evacuating coastal and other potential inundation zones take their pets with them," advised Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The HSUS. "If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets."
Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals, and always be informed about the potential for evacuation in their area.
This emergency supply kit should include:
• Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water.
• Bowls for food and water.
• Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings.
• Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies.
• For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.
• For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.
Approximately 64 percent of Hawaii households have a pet. A Zogby International poll found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them.
For more tips on preparedness plans that include your pets, visit humanesociety.org/prepare.
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