Disaster preparedness for pets: Top tips for emergency situations with your dog or cat

From waking unsuspecting family members during a spreading housefire, to detecting the onset of an epileptic seizure, we’ve all heard incredible stories of pets heroically swooping in during an emergency and saving the day. But what happens when disaster strikes and they need your help? Your beloved pets are relying on you to keep them out of harm’s way, no matter what the scenario is, and these days, we need to be ready for whatever Mother Nature has to throw at us. With some advance preparation and basic but essential supplies, pet parents can calmly ensure the safety and well-being of their pets in any situation. Follow these disaster preparedness tips for pets to ensure your family is ready before, during and after a catastrophic event.

How to prepare for disaster before an emergency

The first step of your plan is, well, to have a plan. This includes preparing your pet for emergencies ranging from short term evacuations, to all-out catastrophes. With your plan confidently in place, you can remain calm and keep those around you calm too.

Large kits are ideal for sheltering in place, while smaller kits are ideal for evacuations.

In the thick of it – how to care for your pet during a disaster

If you’ve followed the tips above and have prepared your dog or cat evacuation kit, done your research and microchipped your pet, you’re already ahead of the game. Now you can focus on keeping your family safe and composed during any emergency scenario.

The calm after the storm – how to recover from a disaster with your pets

Okay. You can breathe. Fingers, toes and paws have all been accounted for. Now it’s time to (literally and figuratively) pick up the pieces. Remember, just because the fire is out or the eye of the storm has passed, it doesn’t mean the coast is clear.

What to do if your pet is lost

If your pet has gone missing during the chaos, here is what you need to do:

Pets are part of the family, so it’s crucial to have a plan in place for them should there ever be an emergency or disaster situation. By staying calm and with the tips outlined above, you'll have the best chance at keeping your beloved pet(s) happy, healthy and by your side for many years to come.