House lizards should follow the same precautions as birds. Though snakes can be transported in a pillowcase, they should be transferred to more secure housing once you reach the evacuation site. Take food and a water bowl large enough for soaking, along with a heating pad.
Pocket pets, like hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs, should be carried in secure containers or carriers large enough to keep the animals comfortable while sheltered. Their disaster kits should include bedding, food bowls, water bottles and toys.
Remember that even the calmest, most obedient pet may panic, hide or try to escape in in an extreme situation. Check leashes and carriers to make sure they are secure. Transport your cats in carriers, and provide them with an elastic cat collar for quick release, as well as current identification. Never leave your animals alone if there’s a possibility they might escape. Frightened animals may bite or scratch, so it’s important to keep an eye on your companions at all times.
Though we all hope the weather will remain calm and temperatures balmy, it’s a good idea to be pro-active and prepare for the extreme situation. Be prepared. Make a plan. Then relax and hope for the best!
Jean McGroarty is director of the Kokomo Humane Society. Contact her at email@example.com.