When we see disasters strike other parts of the country, it’s hard not to think that we are fortunate or “got lucky” not being in the areas affected. As pet owners and animal lovers, we may even find ourselves thinking or saying “I could not imagine anything like that happening”. While the thought of being affected by a disaster is an uncomfortable topic, you can feel more at ease knowing that you and your animals are prepared for an emergency situation to happen. Because the next time, it may not be as fortunate.
Prepare & Plan For The Unexpected
Disasters do not happen every day, and thanks to a lot of technology we are starting to get better at predicting events and having more notice ahead of time. Wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes can still happen with little to no warning. It is important to know in advance what can affect your area. Have plans made in advance especially if you need to evacuate or leave your area. Talk with your veterinarian ahead of time, locate kennels or local animal shelter for boarding, ask out of town friends and family for help. Contact the local animal control officer or emergency offices for specific information and advice for your area.
Make An Emergency Kit
Just like you have emergency supplies for yourself or your family, it is important to have all of your pet’s basics for survival located in one place. FEMA recommends putting together an emergency supply kit with the help of your veterinarian with the following items
- Food & Water Have at least 3 days’ supply in sealed containers
- Medications Keep an extra supply of your pet’s medications in a waterproof container. Make sure they are within the printed expiration date. Pay special attention to the storage requirements printed on the label, some medications can tolerate temperature excursions while others can be damaged
- First Aid Kit Put together items with your vet including bandaging, tape, scissors, alcohol, saline solution, gloves, flea and tick medication and antibiotic wound ointment or dressings.
- Important Documents Have vaccination and medical records, microchip and identification information, veterinary contact information, and a picture of you and your pet together in case you become separated
- Collar or Harness, ID and Rabies Tags, and Leash
- Travel Supplies Have a safe crate or carrier, spare harnesses or leashes, and sanitation supplies for taking care of your pet’s waste
- Familiar Items Have some favorite toys, treats, or bedding to reduce stress for your pet.
For more information and resources about emergency animal preparedness and supply kits, please visit the official FEMA Ready website.
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