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Saturday, May 09, 2015

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day: Be #PetPrepared!

We're family members, too!

Extreme weather season has arrived in many parts of the country, and this means preparation is crucial in case disaster strikes your area. The good folks at Hills Pet Nutrition have put together strategies, as part of their comprehensive Disaster Relief Network to help you and your family plan and prepare for an emergency. Since pets are bona fide family members, we must include them in our disaster preparedness plans.

Here are seven tips from Hills to help ensure your pets' safety during an emergency. Note the contents of a Pet Emergency Go-Kit, that should be ready and waiting with the family evacuation supplies.
  • Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
  • Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Emergency Go-Kit should include: first aid supplies and guide book; three-days’ supply of pet food (in a waterproof container) and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  • Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
  • Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation. 
  • If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
According to Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, "It's important for pet owners to know what resources are available to them within their own communities before they're needed." That why we suggest contacting your local humane society to fully understand the options available in your community should evacuation be necessary.

These two are certainly prepared!


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