Danyelle Ho and her lab Libby know a thing or two about hurricane preparedness. They survived the active 2004 season, including a close call with Charley.
"We packed up our dogs boarded up the house got the house ready and drove to Orlando for the night."
Ho had her checklist ready and picked up the dogs favorite toys and treats.
"By the time we got to Orlando and checked into the hotel the path had turned. Charley ended up coming that direction so it was kind of like it followed us. There was a lot of wind and rain that night and trees down the next day," Ho says.
Fortunately the Ho family one stayed away for one night.
"It's always the aftermath we want to plan for. There are shelters, hotels and boarding facilities. You need to do your research, do your homework. It may be in state, it may be out of state depending on the flow of the storm"," says Pam Backer from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Backer says pack 7-10 days worth of food and water. Don't forget a carrier. A collapsible one may be best. You'll also need vet records, pet identification and photo, a way to keep pet medication cold and even a first aid kit.
Make sure your pet has your name and phone number inside the collar. Write this information on the leash too. You just never know. Hopefully your pet is micro chipped." says Backer.
If you're calm your pets relax too.
"They definitely feed off of your emotions and sense when you're stressed or upset," Ho said.
"If you have a dog that has a special blanket that they like take the blanket. It's something familiar and will help," says Backer.
The Ho family is ready for the next big storm.
"Since we've been through it we definitely know where to go if we need to evacuate," said Ho.
"Don't be scared, just be prepared. It will all work out if you plan ahead," said Backer.
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