Houston, Texas (NAPSI) - Warmer weather means more than the start of vacation season. It’s also when extreme weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes is more likely to occur.

Experts say it’s important to remember that extreme weather can pose a danger to pets as well as people and property.

At the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), director of Disaster Response, Dr. Dick Green, says preparation is key.

“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” says Dr. Green. “Have a plan in advance, so you can save time and get yourself and your pets to safety.”

Here are some tips from the ASPCA:

• Always bring pets indoors at the first sign of a storm or disaster.

• Make sure all pets wear collars with up-to-date identification. The ASPCA also recommends microchipping as a more permanent form of ID.

• Get a rescue alert sticker and display it so rescuers will know that pets are inside your home.

• Include your pet in evacuation plans. If it’s not safe for you to stay, it’s not safe for your pet.

• Make sure you keep pet emergency supplies and critical information in your emergency preparedness kit. Include your pet’s medical records, water, pet food and pet first-aid supplies.

To learn more, visit www.aspca.org.