Disaster Preparedness – Are you ready?
Anyone who lives in an area that is prone to natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, will often have a disaster plan put in place. Survival can depend on your readiness to act at a moment’s notice. Having a plan in place and supplies ready can ensure you are not only prepared to deal with Mother Nature’s fury, but that your best friend is also comfortable and safe.
Here are some helpful tips to make sure you and your pet stay safe this season!
Emergency Supplies Kit
Keeping an emergency supplies kit on hand will allow you and your pets to be better prepared in the case of an emergency, with access to all the items you need for survival. Ideally, the kit should be kept in a durable plastic container to make sure items stay dry.
Suggested Items Include:
- An extra collar and leash
- Metal feeding bowls & water dish – metal dishes can be kept in your kit for years and you don’t have to worry about them breaking
- Recent photos of your pet – skittish animals can sometimes flee the scene and it is better to be prepared and ready to make a lost pet poster in the event your pet becomes lost
- Canned food (3-7 days’ worth) or dry food (be sure to rotate every 2 months to ensure freshness)
- Can opener – if you are including canned food as your feeding option
- Pet First Aid kit
- Copies of your pet’s medical records and your Veterinarian’s contact information
- Liquid dish soap – can be used to bathe your pet and wash your pets bowls
- Disinfectant wipes
- Pet wipes
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Bottled water – at least 7 days’ worth per pet (replace every 2 months)
- A crate or carrier – most hotels require these and they can make travel much easier
- Blanket & towel (1 per pet)
- Paper towel
- Treats (switch out every 2 months)
Extra Items For Cats:
- Disposable litter trays – you can use an aluminum roasting pan
- Litter scoop
Have Accommodations Mapped Out
Depending on which natural disasters you might be facing, it is best to map out possible evacuation routes. For example, if you live in a region prone to hurricanes you might want to choose a few different areas (ideally in opposite directions) as options depending on which path the storm takes. It is imperative that you do not leave your pets behind – some evacuations can end up being permanent and your pet cannot be left to their own resources.
- Identify hotels outside of your area that accept pets – important to note, some hotel chains charge a fee for your animal to stay
- If you are looking to stay with family or friends – make sure you check ahead of time that they are willing to accept a furry roommate as well
- Check for boarding kennels in your chosen evacuation areas – make sure you ask about which vaccines are required for your pet to stay
What to Do When it is Time to Evacuate
Keep all of your emergency kits in one location preferably close to the main exit in your home. It can also be helpful to include a checklist with your kits, this way you can keep track of all your items and the quantity of each. For certain items that can’t physically fit inside your kit, a checklist can help with that too. For example, a dog crate might be one item but is obviously too big for a standard size kit. If you place the item next to the kit or in a safe spot, be sure to mark that down on the checklist so that you can keep track. Remember, it is always best to place the animal inside the carrier/crate inside your home, especially when dealing with cats.
- Always follow the directions of your local officials – they receive advanced warning from weather experts and can help guide you and your family to the safest spot
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar, tag, and leash – at 24PetWatch.com we sell durable metal tags that actually have your pets microchip number engraved on them. Call 1-866-597-2424 to purchase one today!
- Consider your evacuation route(s), including all accommodations – discuss with your chosen hotel(s) if they accept pets and even try calling ahead once you have evacuated and are out of immediate danger
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No matter what the disaster, preparedness is always the key. Make sure you, your family, and your pets all stay safe this storm season!