When disaster strikes, it’s a good idea to be prepared. The same goes with your pets. Here’s a list of things you may want to consider in preparing for the worst:
Safe Places for Your Pet
Evacuation shelters generally don’t accept pets and for this reason it’s important to plan ahead to ensure that your pets and family will have a safe place to stay.
Proper Identification and Updated Vaccinations
Having your pet licensed AND microchipped can protect your pet and help identify them if they were to become lost. Also, keep your pet’s vaccinations current, and keep the records handy, like on your smartphone.
Leave Early and Take Your Pet
One of the most important things to do if you are evacuating your home is to take your pets with you because you may be forced to stay away longer than anticipated. Keeping a “grab bag” with food, toys, leash and collar, medications, bottled water, treats, and important papers makes it easy to be prepared for an emergency.
In Case You’re Away
A disaster may strike when you’re away from home. Make arrangements in advance with a trusted neighbor (who is comfortable with your pets and knows where in the home they are likely to be) to take them and meet you at a specified location.
Have a photograph taken of you with your pets to show proof of ownership should you become separated.
Pet First Aid
Attend a Pet First Aid certification class so that you are able to immediately care for your pet if you are unable to get them to a veterinarian right away.