Extension Agent Lepley on Pet Evacuation during Disasters

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Extension Agent Lepley on Pet Evacuation during Disasters

Published on April 25, 2013 by Larry Crippen

Although no hurricane is imminent now, during the time of the last incident what to do with pets became an issue.

At this week’s “Are You Ready?” emergency preparedness seminar, Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis and Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Reg Lepley filled attendees in on important aspects of what local citizens should do with their pets during a disaster.

Extension Agent Lepley said “When disaster is imminent, do not leave your pets behind,” and he strongly suggested preparing in advance. . . .


Lepley also suggested “having an “‘evac pack’–something small and complete.” He said to talk to your vet for a recommendation, or “go to the ASPCA store online.” He also recommended bringing bottled water, 3 to 7 days of fresh food for pets, disposable litter trays for cats, pet food bowls, leashes, recent photos, a carrier for the animal, and some way to identify the animal such as a microchip.

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