Disaster Preparedness for your Pets

Emergencies or Disasters can present themselves in many forms. From having to leave your house for a few hours to get some minor stitches, or having to leave for days or even weeks at a time due to a natural disaster. There are a few things that you can do to make sure you have a plan and that your pet is always safe.

Get a rescue sticker. Having a sticker will let first responders that you have pets in the home. The sticker will let them know the type and number of pets in your home. It will also have the number of your veterinarian.  It is important to remember that if you do evacute your home, to make sure to mark out the sticker and write evacuated on it. That way any first responders won’t attempt to search your home for pets that are no longer there.

Arrange a Safe Place. Having a safe place to take your pets in the event of an evacuation is very important. Do not ever leave your pets behind, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets! They could become trapped or even escape and get hurt outside. If they escape and get hurt outside during an evacuation there is a good chance there will not be anyone around to help them or even find them. You can arrange for you pets to stay with a friend in advance, or you can contact your vet of any shelters that could help.

Pick a Designated Caregiver. This person will take care of your pet in the event that you are not able to. It is a good idea to pick someone that lives close by and would be able to access your home. It is a good idea to give them a spare key for access in the event of an emergency or disaster.  Neighbors can be a great help, especially ones with pets themselves. You could offer to do the same for their pets.

Supplies and Traveling kIts. If you have to evacute, you need to make sure to have a travel kit. A travel kit can include food and a secure house for them. Also it is a good idea to pack collars, ID tags, and extra leashes. A spare backpack can be a great place to store all these things.

This are just a few things to consider when planning for an emergency or disaster. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.