Disaster Planning and Your Pets

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Why Pet Owners Must Plan 

 

The only way to reduce the devastation of a hurricane is to be prepared - including preparation for your pets. Forty-three percent of U.S. households have pets. Florida has over 80% of its population within 10 miles of the coast. There is no geographical point in Florida that is more than 60 miles from saltwater. Any disaster that threatens humans, threatens animals as well.

 

Making arrangements for your pets is part of your household disaster planning. If you must evacuate your home, plan for your pet too.
 

Before the Disaster

 

Plan now; identify your evacuation level to determine if and when you would have to evacuate. If you are located in a storm surge flood plain, the decision to evacuate will depend upon the category of the storm. Always prepare for one category higher than the one being forecast as a hurricane often increases in strength just before making landfall. All mobile home residents must evacuate, regardless of location.

 

Make sure your pets have current immunizations and take these records with you if you need to evacuate.

 

Photograph your pets and include pictures with your records.

 

If you plan to go to a motel, determine in advance whether pets are welcome and what special rules may apply.

 

See if your veterinarian will accept your pet for boarding in an emergency.

 

All pets should have secure carriers, or collapsible cages. Carriers should be large enough for the pets to stand comfortably and turn around. Familiarize your pets with the carrier ahead of time. The carrier will be a secure and comforting refuge if the animal is required to live in it for days or weeks after the storm.

 

Develop a pet survival kit:

 

  • Proper ID collar and rabies license tag
  • Carrier or cage
  • Water and food bowls
  • Medications
  • Food supply to last about two weeks
  • Special care instructions
  • Newspapers/plastic bags for waste disposal
  • Toys and comfort items
  • Muzzles, if necessary
  • First aid supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • Proper ID on all belongings

 

If You Must Evacuate

 

Leave early. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely.

 

Long distance evacuation is not recommended as roads will be crowded. Friends or relatives in a safe area are the best choice. If they are unable to house both you and your pet, try to arrange shelter for your pet at a veterinarian or kennel close to your evacuation destination.

 

If you plan to shelter your pets at a kennel or clinic, call before evacuating to determine if space is available. Allow sufficient time to travel from the kennel to your evacuation destination after making certain that your animals are secure.

 

Throughout the evacuation and the storm, your pets will need reassurance from you. Remain calm and keep as close to their normal routine as possible. Speak to them regularly in a calm, reassuring voice.

 

Don't Wait

 

Arrange for a safe place to stay with your pets. Remember to develop a plan now. Review your family plan and restock your family disaster supplies too!

 

Do not leave your pet in your home or tied outside your home while you leave for a shelter. Do not leave your pets in vehicles while you are housed in a shelter.

 

Make your plans now, well in advance of a disaster possibly requiring you to evacuate. 

 

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Pet Friendly Hotels in Florida

The following hotels and motels accept pets. Some have limitations on species, number of animals, size, and breed. Some require pets to be caged before housekeeping services are rendered, some require pet deposits or extra charges, and some have special pet amenities. Call ahead to find accommodations that math your needs and make a list of several hotels in different parts of the state to be prepared for storms from any direction.
 

 
 
Arcadia
Knight’s Inn
504 S. Brevard Ave.
863-494-4884
Holiday Inn Express
2709 SE Hwy. 70
863-494-5900
 
 
 
 
 
Bradenton
Best Western
648 67th Circle E.
941-757-5555
Days Inn
3506 First St. W.
941-1141
Howard Johnson
6511 14th Street W.
941-756-8399
Motel 6
660 67th Street Circle E.
941-747-6005
Quality Inn
6727 14th Street W.
941-758-7199
Super 8
6516 14th Street W.
941-756-6656
 
Brooksville
Best Western
30307 Cortez Blvd.
352-796-9481
 
Deland
Clarion Inn
350 International Speedway Blvd
386-738-5200
 
 
Ellenton
Ramada Inn
5218 17th Street E.
941-729-8505
Sleep Inn
5605 18th Street E.
877-424-6423
Guest House Inn
4915 17th Street E.
941-729-0600
 
Fort Myers
Best Western
8955 Daniels Pkwy.
239-561-7000
 
 
 
 
Gainesville
Best Western
4200 N.W. 97th Blvd.
352-331-3336
Holiday Inn Express
3905 S.W. 43rd Street
352-376-0004
Motel 6
4000 S.W. 40th Blvd.
352-373-1604
Red Roof Inn
3500 S.W. 42nd Street
352-336-3311
Residences. Inn
3273 S.W. 40th Blvd.
352-264-0000
 
 
 
Kissimmee
Motel 6
5731 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy.
407-396-6333
Palms Hotel and Villas
3100 Parkway Blvd.
407-396-2229
Red Roof Inn
4970 Kyngs Heath Rd.
407-396-0065
 
 
 
 
Lakeland
Ramada Inn
3260 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.
863-688-8080
La Quinta Inn
1024 Lakeland Pk.
863-859-2866
Motel 6
3120 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.
863-682-0643
Residence Inn
3701 Harden blvd.
863-680-2323
 
 
Lake Buena Vista
Comfort Inn
8442 Palm Parkway
877-424-6423
Marriott Residence Inn
11450 Marbella Palm Ct.
407-465-0075
 
Lake City
Red Roof Inn
414 SW Fl Gateway Blvd
386-752-6693
 
 
Lake Mary
Candlewood Suites
1130 Greenwood Blvd.
407-585-3000
La Quinta Inn
1060 Greenwood Blvd.
407-805-9901
 
 
Leesburg
Econo Lodge
1308 N. 14th Street
352-787-1210
Super 8 Motel
1392 North Blvd. W.
352-787-6363
 
 
 
 
 
Ocala
La Quinta Inn
3530 S.W. 36th Ave.
352-861-1137
Quality Inn
3621 W. Silver Springs Blvd.
877-424-6423
Ramada Conference Center
3810 NW Bonnie Heath Blvd.
352-732-3131
Red Roof Inn
120 N.W. 40th Ave
352-732-4590
Residence Inn
3610 S.W. 38th Ave.
352-547-1600
Sleep Inn and Suites
13600 .W. 17th Court
877-424-6423
 
 
 
 
 
Orlando
Hard Rock Hotel
5800 Universal Blvd.
407-503-ROCK (7625)
Holiday Inn Sunspree
133351 State Road 535
407-239-4500
Motel 6
5909 American Way
407-351-6500
Residence Inn
11000 Westwood Blvd.
407-313-3600
Rodeway Inn
5995 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy.
407-396-4300
Townplace Suites
11801 High Tech Ave.
407-243-6100
 
Plant City
Comfort Inn
2003 S. Frontage Road
877-424-6423
 
Port Charlotte
Sleep Inn
806 Kings Highway
877-424-6423
 
Sanford
Super 8 Motel
4750 State Road 46 W.
407-323-3445
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sarasota
Comfort Inn
Clark Road / I-75 Exit 205
877-424-6423
Quality Inn Suites
4800 N. Tamiami Trail
877-424-6423
Sleep Inn
900 University Pkwy.
877-424-6423
Best Western Midtown
1425 S. Tamiami Trail
941-955-9841
Hotel Indigo Sarasota
1223 Boulevard of the Arts
941-487-3800
La Quinta Inn & Suites
1803 N. Tamiami Trail
941-366-5128
Residence Inn
1040 University Pkwy.
941-358-1468
Comfort Inn
5000 N. Tamiami Trail
877-424-6423
Homewood Suites
3470 Fruitville Rd.
941-365-7300
 
Sebring
Residence Inn
3221 Tubbs Rd.
863-314-9100
 
Spring Hill
Quality Inn
6172 Commercial Way
352-596-2007
 
Sun City
Sun City Center Inn
809 N. Pebble Beach
813-634-3331
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tallahassee
Best Western Pride Inn
2016 Apalachee Parkway
850-656-6312
Best Western Seminole Inn
6737 Mahan Drive
850-656-2938
Econo Lodge North
2681 N. Monroe St.
877-424-6423
Holiday Inn
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171
La Quinta Inn North
2905 N. Monroe St.
850-385-7172
La Quinta Inn South
2850 Apalachee Parkway
850-878-5099
Motel 6 Downtown
1027 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-6171
Motel 6 North
1481 Timberlane Road
850-668-2600
Motel 6 West
2738 N. Monroe St.
850-386-7878
Quality Inn
3090 N. Monroe St.
877-424-6423
Red Roof Inn
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884
Residence Inn North
1880 Raymond Diehl Road
850-422-0093
Residence Inn Universities
600 W. Gaines St.
850-329-9080
Sleep Inn
1695 Capital Cir. N.W.
877-424-6423
Staybridge Suites
1600 summit Lake Drive
850-219-7000
Super 8
2801 N. Monroe St.
850-386-8286
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
522 Silver Springs Lane
877-4424-6423
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tampa
Best Western
9331 Adamo Drive
813-621-5555
Best Western
3826 W. Waters Ave.
813-490-9090
Clarion Hotel
2701 E. Fowler Ave.
877-424-6423
Comfort Inn
820 E. Busch Blvd.
877-424-6423
Comfort Inn
4723 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
877-424-6423
Holiday Inn Express
8610 Elm Fair Rd.
813-490-1000
Holiday Inn Express
8310 Galbraith
813-910-7171
La Quinta
4620 W. Gandy
813-835-6262
Motel 6
333 W. Fowler Ave.
813-932-4948
Quality Inn
4955 E. 18th Avenue
877-424-6423
Red Roof Inn
2307 E. Busch Blvd
813-932-0073
Red Roof Inn Fairgrounds
5001 U.S. Hyw. 301 N.
813-623-5245
 
 
Winter Haven
Best Western
5651 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
863-324-5950
Ranch House Inn
1911 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
863-324-5994