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Going beyond the monsoon storms

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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:00 am

Monsoon has arrived, and with it, suggestions from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on ways to stay safe.

If a person is at home during a monsoon, there are some things that can be done to stay safe:

• Turn off all unnecessary electrical equipment to decrease the draw on power companies;

• Keep extra batteries, a working battery-powered radio, and flashlights handy;

• Stay off the phone. Even cordless phones can cause a shock if lightning strikes nearby. Use cellular phone in an emergency only;

• Stay away from plumbing fixtures including showers, baths and sinks. Lightning can travel through metal pipes.

If a person is caught outdoors during a monsoon, here are some safety tips:

In Arizona, under the so-called “Stupid Motorist Law,” municipalities and rescue agencies can charge people up to $2,000 for the cost of being rescued if they fail to observe posted warnings and enter flooded washes. The driver may also be cited for reckless driving.

• If visibility is impeded by heavy rain, slowly and safely pull off the road until it is safe to proceed. If driving in a dangerous storm, find somewhere to safely park the vehicle. 


Helping pets through the storm

With a strike of lighting and a crackle of thunder, monsoon weather can be refreshing and uplifting, but not for some dogs and cats. 

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona reminds you of some ways to keep your pets calm, happy and relaxed during these seasonal storms. 

Many dogs and cats are afraid of the loud noises associated with summer thunderstorms, causing pets to jump fences and run great distances from home trying to escape the commotion. Some dogs are so terrified by the sounds of thunderstorms their reactions can result in harm to themselves. Here are some tips that all pet owners should follow to ensure their pets’ safety:

Keep your pet indoors and for pets with extreme sensitivity if possible, create a ‘den-like’ environment e.g. crate, room or walk-in closet free of windows.

If at all possible, remain home with your pet to provide comfort and security.

Turn on a TV or radio to provide soothing sounds that will distract your pet from outside noises.

Animals that are extremely sensitive to noise may benefit from the use of a veterinarian-prescribed sedative.

Try using a Thunder Shirt to keep your pet calm. Shirts fit snugly on pets providing all-around pressure and minimizing anxiety and bringing relief.                           

If a pet becomes lost, call HSSA’s Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111, and the county shelter, Pima Animal Care Center, at 793-5900 to file a lost report and get information on conducting an effective search. 

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