When it comes to severe weather like tropical storms and hurricanes, humans can be at risk, but our pets can be at risk as well. In and around Osceola County we are prone to severe weather year-round, but from June through November, which is hurricane season, we do our best to be extra-prepared in case tropical weather comes our way. Here are some tips that KUA has provided from their 2023 Hurricane Guide to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet during severe storms.


  • Gather up pedigree and health records (including vaccination records) and lists of special dietary or other needs for your family’s pets. Keep this information together so you have quick access to it. 
  • Include contact information for your family veterinarian in the “Important Numbers and Notes” page of this handbook. 
  • Keep at least a one-month supply of any food and medications your pets may need, including flea and tick treatments, special shampoos, dietary supplements, etc. Label them clearly with your pet’s name and instructions for safe use of each product. 
  • Keep blankets, toys, and cleaning supplies including paper towels, spray bottles and trash bags in air tight bags within a plastic tote container. 
  • Be sure to have enough pet carriers, leashes, muzzles and any other restraining equipment you might need, and label them with your pet’s name, your name and your contact information. 
  • Decide ahead of time whether you will leave your pets at home, board them, or take them with you if you decide to evacuate. 


  • It won’t help to board pets anywhere within the area threatened by a hurricane — they won’t be any safer than they would be at home. Choose boarding facilities well out of the threatened area, and make arrangements in advance to get your pets to that location. 
  • Budget for boarding costs of $20 or more per animal per night, depending on the animal’s size and special needs. 


  • If you plan to keep pets with you in a hotel, motel or campground, confirm ahead of time that the facility will accept your pets. 
  • Study your travel map ahead of time to determine where you will be able to stop to feed, water and exercise your pet. 


  • The safest thing to do is evacuate before a hurricane ever arrives — but if for some reason you can’t evacuate (or choose not to evacuate), make plans to keep your pets indoors until the emergency is over. 
  • Don’t let pets go outdoors until you’re certain it’s safe. Be sure power lines, dangerous tree limbs, wildlife and other hazards have been addressed before any family member or pet goes outdoors alone. 


Ideally, it is best for pet owners not to rely on pet-friendly shelters; they should make plans in advance to take pets with them to a location out of the threatened area. However, if no other option exists, pet-friendly shelters will serve as locations where pets and their owner can stay in the same building. 

Owners should bring the following supplies: 

  • A crate to house your pet with enough room to stand up, lie down, and stretch out 
  • Label crates with pet owner’s name and phone number 
  • Medications stored in a waterproof bag 
  • Food that is in a waterproof bag, water and bowls 
  • Blankets and toys 
  • Cleaning supplies including paper towels, spray bottles and trash bags 
  • A leash and harness collar with identification tags 
  • Veterinary records for each pet in an air-tight bag 

Osceola County has three approved pet-friendly shelter locations: 

Harmony High School 3601 Arthur J. Gallagher Blvd. Harmony, FL 34771 

Liberty High School 250 Pleasant Hill Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 

Kissimmee Middle School 2410 Dyer Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741 

Specific shelter location openings are announced prior to an event.

SOURCE: Kissimmee Utility Authority