Whether you live in an earthquake zone, tornado zone, or another region that is susceptible to natural disasters, you already know the importance of being prepared. You know that food, water, and first aid supplies for your family should be collected and stored in advance – but t are you prepared for your pets? In preparing pet materials for a disaster, your veterinarian can be a great help. Otherwise, this article will detail a few tips to help you with disaster preparedness for pets.
There are a number of steps that must be taken to prepare pets for emergencies and disasters. The following suggestions should get you started on pet disaster preparedness:
- Purchase or assemble animal evacuation and first aid kits.
- Ensure your pet carrier is in good condition.
- Make sure all pets are wearing identification tags with full contact details including your name, address, and phone numbers.
- Photocopy veterinary records so they can be safely stored in case of a disaster; these records should include a medical history, a list of vaccinations, a list of medications, and other important medical information.
- Ensure you have evacuation plans developed for your family and pets.
- Prepare emergency sources of food and water for your pets.
Following these guidelines will help you keep your pet healthy through a natural disaster, but what do you do if you’re not at home? Most of us leave our pets alone from time to time so you need to prepare for your pet being alone during a disaster. Purchase some signs or stickers for each entry to your home to notify authorities and neighbors that you have pets and where they can find emergency supplies. Furthermore, choose a trustworthy neighbor that will care for your animals if you cannot reach them during an emergency. This neighbor should have a key to enter your home, access to the emergency preparedness kit, and should also be familiar with your pets. A natural disaster does not necessarily spell disaster for your pets. Think ahead and plan for your pets so you’re ready in case of an emergency.