Hurricane Ike is currently predicted to impact the Harris County Area. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has ordered the evacuation of Evacuation zip codes 77058, 77059, 77062, 77520, 77546, 77571, and 77598 as of noon today. Pet owners are reminded to take their pets with them when evacuating. If you need transportation and you have registered with 211, you will be contacted. If you need transportation and you have not registered with 211, call 311 for assistance. Pets will be allowed on public transportation but you must have a crate for your small animal and a leash and muzzle for larger dogs. Every animal should be wearing current identification. In addition identification with your contact information should be written on the pet crate in permanent ink. Please take all your pets with you. Do not leave pets alone during the storm. Some items that you will need include: • Pet Food and water (one gallon water per pet/per day) and bowls • Crates for small animals, leashes & muzzles (required for public transport) for larger dogs • Cat litter and litter box (that fits inside the cat carrier) • Sheet or towel for inside the carrier • Paper towels, trash bags, newspaper, and hand sanitizers. • Pet first aid kit • Pet comfort items such as toys or chew bones • Sealed plastic bag with: • complete medical records, • current photos of your pets (preferably with you in the photo), • your information and phone number, • alternate phone numbers and alternate care-takers, • be sure to include the name and number of someone who lives outside of the potential disaster area, • the name and phone number of your veterinarian. If you are not in an evacuation zone, and plan to shelter in place you will need the above items, as well. You will need at least 5 days supply of food and water to carry you through the disaster period. Plan to bring your pets indoors during the storm. Do not leave your pets unattended during the storm. If you shelter at a friend or relative’s home, take your pets with you. Livestock that are not being evacuated should be left loose in pastures. Do not confine livestock in buildings or barns. All pastures should be cleared of any debris that could become airborne during a storm. Waterproof bags with your contact information should be posted on each entrance gate. For more information on keeping your pets safe in disasters, visit: www.damtaskforce.com If you are evacuating to other counties there are designated places to bring pets and large animals. The list below gives the phone numbers to call to obtain information for each county. If the county you are traveling to is not listed, the Texas Animal Health Commission also states that by calling 211 and giving your evacuation destination location, 211 service will provide you with small and large animal options in your sheltering location. (Click on image for larger view)

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