HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Thousands of animals were left behind after Hurricane Harvey struck as many residents simply were not prepared to bring their animals with them when they evacuated, or they were unable to get to their homes once the floodwaters struck. This year many community leaders hope prevent that from happening again.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Harris County Public Health, Houston SPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and Friends of County Pets are teaming up to remind the public that hurricane season is here and all pet owners need to include their pets in their emergency preparedness plans.
“Planning ahead is key to keeping you and your pets safe during an emergency,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Your pets depend on you, so do not wait until the last minute to prepare.”
There will be a free disaster preparedness event for pet owners and their furry friends. Everyone is invited, even if you don’t live in Harris County. If you bring your pets they must be leashed/secured at all times and up to date on vaccinations.
The event happens on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Houston TranStar Building, 6922 Katy Road in Houston, Texas 77024.
You can also download the free ReadyHarris app from the App Store or Google Play, and create a family disaster plan that includes your pets.
For additional pet preparedness tips, go to ReadyHarris.org.