Pet Tips for Disaster Preparedness Month

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Your pets are members of your family. You want them to be safe and ready in case of a disaster or emergency. September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s time to get them (and you) ready as a disaster can happen at any time. Here some tips to ensure your pet is safe during or after a disaster.

No Animal Left Behind

Be sure that your pet can be identified in case your pet is lost during the disaster.

  • Keep a collar on your pet with a tag with your current contact information.
  • Be sure your pet is microchipped and be sure the microchip company has your current contact information.
  • Keep current photos of your pet on your phone so you can identify your pet if you have to go pick him or her up.
  • Put alert stickers on the windows or doors of your home so that rescuers know that you have pets.
  • Inform yourself about local pet shelters in case your pet gets lost.
  • Identify pet hotels or a friend who can take in your pet (and maybe yourself) in case you need temporary accommodations.

Pet Emergency Kit

In case of emergency, you want to have provisions available for your pet. Here are some of the key items that you need:

  • Pet first aid kit. Human first aid kits won’t work for pets. Pets need different medication. Be sure you have the information in different situations about what to give them handy as well.
  • Disposable garbage bags and soap – in case you need to clean up after any messes.
  • Bottled water for 7 or more days per pet. It’s possible that it may be hard to obtain potable water during a disaster.
  • Food for 7 or more days per pet. This should include both wet and dry food.
  • Extra collar, leash, and ID tags for your pet.
  • Carriers for all of your small pets. Be sure you have enough for all the pets in your household.
  • Photo or easily accessible digital copy of your pet’s medical records.
  • Any medication your pets take.
  • Bedding or blankets for your pets to sleep on.
  • Toys and treats to keep your pets happy where ever you are.

Remember – do not leave your pets behind in a disaster. It is safest to bring them wherever you are.

The ASPCA has a great app that can help you get information for your pet at the time of a disaster. Check out the app at www.aspcaapp.org.