Hurricane Preparation

Follow these steps to help your ferals safely through stormy weather

October 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy will soon be bringing gale-force winds and torrential rains to the East Coast. The brunt of the coming "Frankenstorm", an unusual mix of a hurricane and a winter storm - is expected to hit New York and New Jersey, creating extremely hazardous conditions across the region.

Free-roaming cats are vulnerable in severe weather but there are things you can do to protect them:

  1. To keep shelters and feeding stations dry, raise them off the ground. Wooden shipping pallets are ideal for this purpose.
  2. Shelters and feeding stations located in areas that may flood should be moved to higher ground.
  3. Tie shelters and feeders to permanent structures (like a fence) to anchor them, or wedge tightly into a secure space.
  4. Be careful about placing heavy objects on top of shelters to keep them in place as these may pose a danger in high winds.
  5. To keep rain from driving in, position shelters so openings face a wall, or the entrances of two shelters face one another, no more than a foot apart.
  6. Put out a supply of extra food while the weather remains calm, in case you're not able to return for a few days.
  7. If your feeding stations aren't enclosed, you can place a bowl of dry food in a plastic container in a corner of the cats' shelter. This also allows the cats easy access to food during the storm. Do NOT put water in the shelter.
  8. Compile a list of the cats in your colony including descriptions and photos. After the storm, if any cats have been displaced, this information may help locate them.
  9. Use caution when returning to the colony site. Brances and other debris are dangerous and may continue to fall for several days in the aftermath of the hurricane.