Emergency Preparedness: Are Your Pets Ready?
If there happened to be some sort of emergency in your home, do you know what you would do with your pet? In the unfortunate event of an emergency or disaster, things can be hectic and chaotic. You can make sure things go a lot more smoothly and safely by preparing your pets for emergencies before they happen! Here are three tips from FEMA to help you get ready now!
One of the best things you can do is go out and buy an emergency supply kit. FEMA suggests that you have two different kits. The first should house everything that you and your pet would need to stay someplace else. The second should be lightweight and portable for a quick getaway. Make sure to regularly check that things like food and medicine in the kit are fresh. Some emergency kit essentials include:
- Medicine and medical records
- First aid kit
- Collar with ID tag, harness or leash
- Crate or other pet carrier
- Sanitation items (such as a paper towels and trash bags)
- A picture of you and your pet together (in case you get separated)
- Familiar items and toys
You need to have a plan of action in case there is an emergency. Listen to the television or radio to stay up to date on what’s happening. This will help you know if it’s best to stay put or leave the area. FEMA offers 4 things to consider when planning:
- Create a plan to get away
- Develop a buddy system
- Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning
- Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment
FEMA suggests that you know about the different types of emergencies. Know what type of emergencies may be most likely to affect your region and what to do in that type of situation specifically.
For more information visit ready.gov. Get ready now!
Preparing for Your Pets Makes Sense. Get Ready Now Brochure. Federal Emergency Management Agency in consultation with: American Kennel Club, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Humane Society of the US.