Pets and Disasters

Taking care of our pets when disasters happen takes preparation.

Typically not a lot of notice given to the public before disastrous events take place.

Being prepared in advance and knowing what to do quickly will help relieve the stress and worry for the whole family which includes our four legged family members.

Here are 5 simple steps that you can take to prepare for them as well.

#1. Either buy or prepare an Emergency Supplies Kit specifically to meet their needs. It should be easily accessible and consist of at least these items:

  • A first aid kit that will cover their emergency medical needs. If they take any medications, add some extra supplies.
  • Food (in water proof container) and water, 3-day ration.
  • Collars with ID tags - make sure all information is current and updated. Collars get lost so consider micro chipping as permanent identification .
  • Safety harness and leash.
  • Sanitation Items.
  • Rescue Pet Decals are a great investment to alert rescue teams to save any animals inside the house.
  • In case of evacuation include some comfort toys and blankets for them .
#2. In case you get separated have a picture of your pets packed with you . This may help rescuers identify and reunite you with them faster.

#3. Make sure they are familiar with their carriers or crates. Many times their only association with these are for visits to the vet and become stressed at the first site of them.

#4. Learn all their hiding places indoors and out.At the first warning of a disaster, consider putting them in one room in case you have to leave in a hurry.

#5. Have your Family Emergency Plan Ready:

  • Map out a get-away plan: where will your entire family go.
  • Check with the nearby shelters, veterinary hospitals, and hotels to see if they would take them in an emergency.
  • Arrange a buddy system with friends or extended family to take them in if you must evacuate and they can't go with you. Instruct your caretakers on the location of their emergency supplies kit and anything else you might find useful.
  • You might have to wait home longer before getting an order to evacuate, so get some extra supplies of food and water.

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