May 13th is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. You may have an emergency disaster plan for your family, but does it include your pets? If not, it’s time to start thinking about one. Although we never like to think disaster will strike, it’s always best to be prepared. Discuss the plan with your family and ensure each member understands their responsibilities in keeping themselves and pets safe.
Put together a disaster kit.
Create a disaster kit to easily grab in case of an emergency. Include items like medication, food and water for at least five days, sturdy leashes, written information about your pets feeding schedule and medical conditions, and a photo of your pet with the breed description.
Get a rescue alert sticker.
Rescue alert stickers let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it’s in a visible spot near the door and includes the number of pets, names, and the number of your veterinarian.
Create a safe space for your pet.
Arrange a place to bring your pets in the event of an evacuation. Ask your animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter for pets, and ask friends and families if they would be willing to take in your pet in the event of an emergency.