TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Severe weather can strike quickly.
It's important to have a plan in place so you stay safe and that plan should also include steps to keep pets protected. Just like you'd need to make a severe weather plan for yourself you also need to make a severe weather plan for your animals.
Perhaps the most important thing for your animals is to make sure they have a tag with their name on it. Make sure they are microchiped so you can easily identify them if they ever get separated during a severe weather emergency. Small animals like cats should be secured in a crate and placed in a basement, closet or other safe spot inside.
Animals can get scared during severe weather so it's a good idea to practice leashing them up and walking them to your safe spot so they know everthing's okay.
Finally, you should make sure you have pictures on hand of your pets so you can show them to others if your pet happens to get separated from you during a severe weather emergency.