Evacuating with pets? 3 tips to calm your dog on the ride

The Georgia Department of Transportation has been preparing for the increase in traffic due to Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida.

Hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Irma evacuees across the country are packing up their cars to take cover in cities, including Atlanta. The storms have already plowed through parts of the Caribbean and will soon hit parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas throughout the weekend.

Those with doggies and kitties may be seeking animal shelters for their furry pals, while others may be hitting the road with theirs right beside them.

If you're traveling with your pet, here are a few tips to help them stay calm during the ride, according to PetMD.

Keep them in their kennels.

To prevent your pets from moving about the car, put them in their cages the entire journey. It is dangerous for them to roam around freely, especially in the front seat where air-bag risk is higher. Placing pets securely in their carriers also helps the driver focus more on the road.

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Pack an emergency kit. 

You will need an emergency kit that is stocked with three-days worth of non-perishable food and water. Also pack a can opener, carrier, liter, liter box, puppy pads, plastic bags, waterproof containers, extra leashes, medicine and medical records for you and your pet.

Have a picture of your pet handy, too, in case you get separated, and make sure your pet is wearing a collar with the most updated identifying and contact information.

Be calm.

Remember to maintain a cool demeanor. Pets can sense your emotions. So if you are panicked, they will know. Talking to them in a soothing voice will help them feel safer.