Emergency Preparedness for Pets:
We were all quite surprised by the Tornados . It is a great idea to have an Emergency Kit for ourselves and family members. It is also important to have one for our pets.
- Identifying your pet:
The most important thing to consider is identifying your pet. The most reliable way to do that is to have your pet microchipped. Make sure you keep your contact information updated. Many pet parents forget to update this information when they move or change phone providers. If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, double check the information on your pet’s collar tag so that someone can reach you if your pet is lost.
2. Prepare a To-Go Pet Emergency Kit:
Don’t wait until the last minute to gather everything your pet might need. Preparing the kit ahead of time and keeping it in a save, accessible place saves time if you have to evacuate quickly. Make sure your container is waterproof.
It should contain the following items:
- 72 hour food supply, including bowls and a can opener
- 72 hour water supply
- Leash, muzzle, harness
- Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
- Pet carrier to allow for easy transport
- Medical records, Veterinarian’s name and contact number
- Medications and a pet first aid kit
- Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description
- Information on your pets feeding schedule, temperament/behavior, medical concerns
- ID tags and Micro chip number
- List of boarding facilities, hotels that can accommodate pets
Check your kit at least once a year and keep all documents up-to-date. Make sure none of the food items or medications have expired.
3. Connect with Pet –Friendly neighbors:
Identify fellow pet parents in your community and agree to help each other out during an emergency. If, for some reason, you’re unable to get to your pets when a disaster occurs, your neighbors can act as the first line of defense to rescue your pets. Provide trustworthy neighbors with your pet’s name, your telephone number and an evacuation plan for your pets. Offer to provide the same assurances for their pets in return.
4. Display a Rescue Decal on Your Home
Put a decal on your front door or on your windows so that emergency responders or neighbors know that you have pets that need to be rescued. Put your pet’s name and your phone number on the sticker so that rescuers can easily contact you if they save your pet. If you are able to get your pet out before rescue crews arrive on the scene, make sure to write the word “EVACUATED” on the decal so that everyone knows your pet is safe.