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Prepare Your Pet Bird For A Tornado

Practice tornado drills with your pet bird.

By Nikki Moustaki

1) Find out when your town tests its tornado siren, and use that opportunity to do a “dry run.” This way your pet bird will become familiar with the sound, the carrier and the route to the basement.

2) Include your bird in your “tornado plan,” and make sure that every member of the family is able to remove the bird from his cage and swiftly and safely place him into a carrier. It might be advantageous to keep a bird net near the cage if a family member is unsure about properly handling birds.

3) Place “pet alert” stickers on your doors and windows, including your basement door, so that rescuers will look for your bird in case you were not home during the tornado. Even if the tornado does not hit your home, you may be left without power and water and may not be able to get home due to blocked roads.

4) If you have a “pet friendly” neighbor, see if you can enlist him or her to help your pet birds in case you aren’t home during a tornado warning.

5) Call around to find a pet friendly tornado shelter in your area, and plot out the shortest driving route to get there.

6) Have your pet bird microchipped in case he is lost during the storm.

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