Hurricane Preparedness

It’s that time of year…hurricane season!

We make every effort to keep our animals safe during a storm. From securing fencing stability wiring and trimming vines to patrolling the habitats, the safety of our residents are to priority.

It is our goal to obtain at least 20 acres and build category 5 safe buildings to house our residents. With local community first responders like police, EMT, firefighters on duty during a storm, we hope to also provide shelter for their own animals while they are out keeping our community safe.

Deanna Deppen, President
Chatima, Co-Host


Additional information can be found at the following links for preparation:



Red Cross

Evacuation: Make sure you have a pet-friendly place to go. That could be friends or family, a hotel, or a pet-friendly emergency shelter. If you can’t take your animals, make sure that there is someone you trust prepared to watch them or a boarding facility.

Regardless of what you decide to do, you will need some basic things with your pets. Identification, vaccine records, medications, food and water. Identification can be in the form of marked collars, tags with your name/address/phone, or microchips. There are even GPS tags now that can be purchased for your pet and tracked on your smart phone! It would be best to have several forms of identification. Collars and tags are most easily read and might quickly return your pet; however, they can be lost or removed. Microchips and tattoos are permanent means of identification that cannot be altered. They are registered in a database and in power outages may result in slower recovery of information but should reunite you with your beloved family member.

Proof of vaccination is important to keep on hand so that you won’t have to revaccinate and can show proper care in the event there is an incident, such as your pet fear biting someone in a scary situation. Medications to last through the projected duration of the event are important, some moreso than others. Plan ahead. Food and water is imperative and it’s less stressful and easier on your pets if they can maintain the same diet throughout the event. Changing food can result in gastrointestinal problems, distress, and diarrhea.

Additional information on preparing your pets for disasters can be found at these links:





Pet Friendly Accommodations:

Bring Fido

Pet Friendly Hotels

Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US


One Comment

  • Leonie Holmes says:

    Please stay safe Nancy & staff & of course the animals. See you soon as long as the planes are flying ok from Toronto to SWF airport in October.
    Love to all,

    Leonie Holmes

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