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Is Your Pet Ready for the Worst?
Preparing for Disaster
When making or updating your Family Disaster Plan and Family Disaster Kit, don’t forget to plan for your pets!
It’s important to remember that the Charleston area is at risk for many disasters – from hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes– to forest fires, hazardous materials emergencies, or coastal flooding. Any one of these disasters may force you to evacuate your home and the area, from a few hours to days or weeks.
Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. Charleston County’s Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelter is located at 3675 Leeds Avenue in North Charleston. Plan to evacuate with your pet, but if you can’t, head to this emergency shelter with your pet, medicine, crate, food and leash.
Forest Fires scorch 20,000 acres of land every year in South Carolina as firefighters respond to more than 3,000 forest fires around the state. At the first sign of flames, you and your pets need to be ready to evacuate.
Earthquakes in the Charleston area are not uncommon. A catastrophic quake, estimated at 7.6 on the Richter Scale, struck in 1886, killing 60 people and nearly destroying Charleston. Scientists say it’s not a question of “if,” but “when” the next major quake will strike. Be prepared.
Flash Floods are always a threat in the Charleston area because our community is built at sea level. During hurricane season, experts caution all of us to remember that more people and animals are killed in the “storm surge” that follows the high winds.
Disaster Preparedness Resources