Pets and DisastersThere are some steps pet owners can take to prepare for disasters even before hurricane season begins:

•Contact your local animal shelter, humane society, veterinarian or emergency management office for information on caring for pets in an emergency.

•So pets will be safe if you need to evacuate, spend time before hurricane season to find places to board your pet away from coastal areas or near relatives who live outside your region

.•Make sure your pet has a properly fitted collar that includes current license, rabies tags, and your updated contact information.

•Consider having your pet identified through microchip technology. Your local veterinarian can assist you in finding a location that provides this service.

•Contact motels and hotels in communities outside of your area and find out if they will accept pets in an emergency.