Pet Preparedness Pointers

Ensuring the Safety of Your Furry Friends During Emergencies

  1. Prepare an Emergency Kit:

    • Assemble essential supplies including food, water, medications, veterinary records, a leash, collar, and carrier.

    • Ensure your kit includes enough food and water to last for at least three days.

  2. Identification and Documentation:

    • Ensure your pet has proper identification, including a collar with tags and a microchip with updated contact information.

    • Keep copies of vaccination records and medical history in your emergency kit.

  3. Plan for Sheltering:

    • Identify pet-friendly shelters or hotels in advance where you can take your pet during emergencies.

    • If staying with friends or family, confirm that they can accommodate your pet.

  4. Practice Evacuation Drills:

    • Conduct evacuation drills with your pet to ensure they are comfortable with the process and know how to respond during emergencies.

    • Train your pet to come when called and to enter their carrier willingly.

  5. Keep Pets Indoors During Emergencies:

    • During severe weather events or emergencies, keep your pets indoors to prevent them from getting lost or injured.

    • Create a safe and comfortable space for your pets inside your home.

Your pets are family too, so ensuring their safety during emergencies is crucial. Here's how to prepare:

Make a Plan:

  • Create an evacuation plan for your pet and identify pet-friendly shelters or hotels in advance.

  • Establish a buddy system with neighbors or friends to care for your pet if you're unable to do so.

  • Microchip your pet and keep contact information updated, including an emergency contact outside your area.

Build a Kit for Your Pet:

  • Store several days' worth of food and water in airtight, waterproof containers.

  • Keep extra medication in a waterproof container, along with a first aid kit tailored to your pet's needs.

  • Ensure your pet has a collar with an ID tag and a leash or harness, as well as a crate or carrier.

  • Include grooming items, sanitation supplies, and a picture of you and your pet together for identification.

Tips for Large Animals:

  • Ensure all large animals have identification and prepare vehicles and trailers for transportation.

  • Evacuate animals early and have primary and secondary evacuation routes planned.

  • Provide destinations with food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment.

Stay Informed:

  • Pay attention to wireless emergency alerts and local officials' instructions.

  • Download the FEMA app and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

  • Bring pets indoors at the first sign of a storm or disaster to keep them safe.

Prepare your pets now to ensure their safety and well-being during emergencies.

By following these pet preparedness pointers, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your furry companions during emergencies. Remember to include your pets in your emergency planning efforts to keep them protected and cared for during challenging times.