How Can I Care For Pets During Flood Damage in Wrightsville Beach?
Preparation is Key When it Comes to Keeping Pets Safe During Storms and Resulting Floods
Floods are dangerous for humans and animals alike. If you have four-legged companions, naturally you want to protect them when flood damage occurs. SERVPRO understands that the health and safety of their pets is a significant concern for many of our customers. That is the reason we have put together this short guide on how to care for pets in the Wrightsville area in the event of a flood or hurricane.
The best way to protect Wrightsville Beach pets during flood damage is preparation. Preparing ahead of time means you are ready in the event of a disaster and know what to do. Check out places that are used as flood shelters and make sure that they take animals (some do not.) Always keep a good stock of food and medicines for your pets on hand. SERVPRO suggests that you check The American Red Cross as a potential shelter site.
It is also wise to make sure you have a means of transportation. For most small animals or cats, a carry crate is ideal. Birds need a portable cage. Small dogs may also go in a carrier, or on a substantial lead.
Know what to do should your pet get lost, or if you are away from home during flooding. Ensure each animal is microchipped and has a collar with identifying information on it. Check whether friends or neighbors are willing to take in your animals if the evacuation order comes when you are away.
During a flood, if you are not evacuating, bring your pets indoors and keep them with you in the highest room of the house. Make sure they have access to freshwater (you may need to use bottled), food and dry bedding. Keep a favorite toy to hand – animals may become stressed and need familiar objects to help comfort them.
After the flood is over and it is time to return home, you may find standing water, or water damaged items, in your home. Put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-experts have pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, moisture meters, and foggers on hand to deal with everything from water extraction to odor removal.
For help with the after-effects of a flood in Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, Elizabethtown and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today.
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