The Humane Society recommends putting together an emergency plan for your animals.

Here are some top tips:

* Bring pets indoors and provide a comfortable, safe space for them during rain and severe weather;

* Make sure all pets – even those that live indoors – are wearing identification collars;

* Store at least three days worth of extra food and water for your pets and your family;

* Keep pets’ medication, first aid supplies, leash and carrier on-hand;

* Create a list of hotels or shelters that allow pets, especially if you live in an area prone to evacuation or if your home typically loses power; and

* Let family, friends and neighbors know your plan.

Also, as we learned from dog owners during Snowmageddon, having a bathroom plan for dogs can be helpful in case they are stuck inside during severe weather.

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Related links

The Humane Society: Residents in Possible Path of Sandy Urged to Prepare, Include Pets in Disaster Plans

AccuWeather: Include Your Pets in Hurricane Emergency Plans

FEMA: Caring for Animals