The Montgomery Zoo and the Red Cross are hosting a virtual pet safety event in severe weather

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Gulf Coast is no stranger to inclement weather. When dangerous conditions approach, safety is a priority. The Red Cross is partnering with the Montgomery Zoo to hold a virtual event on what to do not only with your family, but also with your pets in the event of inclement weather.

The Red Cross launched its youth education program after Hurricane Katrina. It was a devastating event that will be remembered forever. The Red Cross wants to be there for people not only after, but before bad weather.

“A group of college students showed up at one of our evacuation shelters with everything in their pillowcases,” said Carrie Bush, Mississippi Area Preparedness and Partnership Program Manager and Alabama Red Cross. “One of the biggest questions we get asked is what about my dog, what about my cat.”

Having a plan in place for weather, fires and hurricanes is just as important as having a plan for your pets. The Red Cross then launched its youth education programs that teach children across the country how to prepare for bad weather, wildfires and hurricanes.

The virtual event this Thursday, April 7 at 4 p.m., to teach attendees what to do with pets in bad weather. It’s free and anyone can sign up ! There will be special guests from the Montgomery Zoo.

“How fun it would be if we actually invited the zoo to come over, bring one of their animals, and talk about how we can really include our animals,” Bush said.

They will talk about home fire safety and home tornado safety. They’ll even have zoo animals at this virtual event – ​​will it be a giraffe? A sloth?

“It’s a surprise,” Bush said. “They surprise me too so I’m not really sure!”

A recent FEMA study shows that if they educate young people, they will go home and talk about it with their parents – so the Red Cross hopes more children will learn from the virtual event. You can head to this link to register!