But as you locate bottled water and create emergency kits, don't forget about your pets.
If you're evacuating your home, don't leave your pet behind.
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Your plan to take them along should include a travel crate for each animal, plus enough pet food and water to last at least five days.
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Extra medication, vet records, and photos of your pet should be sealed inside a watertight container.
Don't forget to pack a first aid kit, along with your pet's favorite blanket or toy to reduce stress.
Dog waste bags and grooming supplies are a must while you're away from your home.
And if your pet is microchipped or wears a dog tag, be sure the contact information is up to date.
Pet-Friendly Evacuations Centers in NC:
Dogs are not accepted into shelters during hurricanes for health and space reasons, but contact Berkely County Animal Shelter for more information at (843) 255-5010.
Brunswick West Brunswick High School
550 Whiteville Road
Newport Middle School
500 E. Chatham Street, Newport, NC 28577
Shelters may be opened if required
Animal Care and Control may set up temporary pet centers at Red Cross Evacuation Centers
Names will be revealed when needed
New Hanover County
New Hanover County Animal Control Services will shelter your pet at no cost. You can seek shelter with your pet at Noble Middle School. People and pets will be housed in separate locations of the school
New Hanover Noble Middle School
6520 Market St. Wilmington
Jacksonville Commons Middle School
315 Commons Drive South, Jacksonville, NC 28546
Smith Middle School
9201 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill
CW Stanford Middle School
308 Orange High School Rd, Hillsborough
Pender Burgaw Middle School
500 S. Wright Street Burgaw
Animal Control may be able to house your pet but space is extremely limited so this can only be a last resort.
3 Red Cross shelters are pet-friendly - but are not always available for every disaster so please check with them.
For a more detailed list visit bringfido.com
Related: More on hurricane preparations