It’s 12 midnight in Pasig. The whole house is sleeping, and the kids don’t know there’s no school tomorrow.
To those wondering, it’s not raining here yet. Hard to believe the biggest storm of the year is on its way to the Philippines.
This media advisory comes from The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), who are monitoring Typhoon Yolanda which will impact the Philippines in the next 24 hours.
This public service announcement may be useful to help protect your pets or livestock.
What to prepare for your pets:
1) Food. Store at least three days of non-perishable pet food (canned or dried) in an airtight, waterproof container (remember the can opener!). Ideally this should be the same food as your normally feed your pet so as to avoid stomach upsets.
2) Water. Store at least three days of water for your pet, in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.
3) Medicines. Store any extra supply of medicines your pet needs in a waterproof container, as well as any special dietary needs or supplements.
4) Veterinary/Medical Records. Store copies of any medical and vaccination records in a watertight container or ziplock bag including your vet’s name and telephone number (in case you have to shelter your pet or place them in foster care).
5) First Aid Kit. Prepare a first aid kit. Talk to your vet about any specific requirements such as tick/flea prevention, antibiotic ointment and saline solution (i.e. eye wash solution separate from your family use)
Advice for livestock owners:
If it is safe for you to do so, move your animals to higher ground or a designated safe place
Bring a 72-hour supply of suitable food and water.
Travel with emergency kit for your animals (this may include animal identification and records / documents / important contact numbers /first aid).
If you have no choice but to leave your livestock behind:
Before evacuating, and if it is safe for you to do so, move them to higher ground. Leave them enough food and clean water for 72 hours. They will need protection from the elements and shelter.
Untie them so they have a chance to escape should floodwaters rise. Tethered or penned animals have no chance in a flood or storm surge. Animals are strong swimmers and untying them gives them a chance to survive.
When returning after flood waters have receded, have plenty of fresh water available.
On your return, check and secure fencing as these may have shifted in the floods.
WSPA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals exists for the sole purpose of raising the standards of animal welfare throughout the world.
To find out more, go to http://www.wspa-international.org.