Gulf coast residents urged to include pets in disaster plans

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Friday, August 29: 5:00 PM EDT–The Humane Society of the United States released a statement today urging Gulf coast residents to include their pets in any disaster plans they make as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the U.S.. Saying in part:

“As Gulf Coast residents mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, they are once again under the threat of a potentially very serious hurricane,” said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The HSUS. “I urge residents to prepare now for the possibility of evacuation orders by preparing a pet disaster kit and making plans to evacuate with your animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet.”

On our Disaster Preparedness page, has a Disaster Plan, a Disaster Preparedness Kit Checklist and many other tools to assist in preparations for the storm.