With everyone preparing for the incoming hurricane, there have been false rumors being spread about evacuating procedures with pets.
To help combat this, FEMA has created a website to control false rumors about Hurricane Florence.
FEMA’s Twitter said, “During disasters, it’s critical to avoid spreading false information. Always check with official sources before sharing.”
The Rumor: There are reports all emergency shelters and hotels are required to accommodate pets for people who have evacuated.
That’s “fake news.”
FEMA said private businesses, such as hotels, are not required to accept pets. Not all shelters accept pets.
The agency recommends checking local media or contacting your local emergency management agency for shelters that do allow pets.
Service animals are not pets. The Americans with Disability Act generally requires hotels and evacuation shelters to accommodate service animals.
Pet-friendly shelters may have requirements and restrictions.
Check their requirements before arriving at the site.
Check out www.ready.gov/animals for more tips on evacuating with your pet.