Disaster preparedness and pets
Disasters can occur anywhere at any moment. People don’t usually get a lot of warning before a disaster strikes, so you must be prepared in advance and identify what to do promptly if there is an emergency.
Here are five simple measures that you can take to prepare your pets and reduce the level of stress and trouble for your whole family to a minimum.
Prepared Tip #3: Accustom your pets to their carriers or crates.
Pets typically equate them with vet appointments and become anxious when they see them for the first time. Allow your pets to play in the carrier or provide them with treats to make the transition easier when the time comes.
Tip #4: Be aware of your pets’ hiding places both inside and outside the home.
You should consider placing them in one room at the first sign of a catastrophe in case you need to evacuate quickly.
Tip #5: Prepare a Family Disaster Preparedness Emergency Plan:
Make a getaway plan, including how you’ll pack your pets and where you’ll go.
Check with the nearby shelters, veterinary clinics, and motels to see if they would take your pets in an emergency.
Develop a pet care buddy system and arrange for friends or relatives to take your pets in if you need to evacuate in a shelter that doesn’t allow pets for health reasons. Instruct your keepers on the location of the emergency supplies kit and anything else you might find helpful.
Learn about various disasters that could hit your particular region. You might have to wait home longer before receiving an order to evacuate, so get some additional food and water supplies.
If you need to evacuate, carry your pets with you if feasible.
Tip #1. Get a Pet Disaster Preparedness Emergency Supplies Kit.
Have it readily available and make sure it consists of at least the following things:
Pet first aid kit that will meet your pets emergency medical needs. If your pets require any medicines, add some additional supplies.
You can keep food in a watertight box and water, 3-day ration.
Collars with ID tags – ensure the data is current and updated. You can consider microchipping as permanent identification as pet collars may get misplaced.
Safety harness and leash.
Rescue Pet Decals to alert rescue crews to save your pets inside the house.
Pet toys and blankets to take with your pets if you have to leave.
Tip #2: Bring a snapshot of your pets in case you become separated.
It will aid rescue workers in identifying and reuniting you with your pets more quickly.