How to Prepare Your Pet for a National Disaster

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© Photo by Gellinger

© Photo by Gellinger

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and with tropical storm Hermine quickly approaching Florida, you may have already started making emergency plans for you and your family. But do you know what to do with your pet?

Like countless animal owners nationwide, your pet is a very important member of your family. Sadly, pets are affected by disasters too.

The chance that you and your pets can survive an emergency like a fire, flood, tornado or different emergency depends mostly on preparation and coming up with a plan ahead of time. A number of the things you’ll be able to do to get ready for a sudden emergency, for instance, a pet emergency supply kit and developing an alternative pet caretaker plan, are constant for any emergency. Whether or not you choose to remain home in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you’ll need to create plans beforehand for your pets. keep in mind that what’s best for you is usually what’s best for your pets.

If you evacuate your home, don’t leave your pets behind! Pets most likely won’t survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, it will be difficult to locate them after you return home.

Make sure your pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date phone numbers and alternative identification. Think about microchipping your pets, too. this can be one of the most effective ways in which to make sure that you and your pet are reunited if you’re separated. Always make sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your information up-to-date with the microchip company.

Keep a leash and/or carrier near the exit. Purchase a pet carrier for every one of your pets, most importantly cats, and write your pet’s name, your name and phone number on every carrier. make sure to accustom your pet with its transport crate before an emergency, and practice transporting your pet by taking them for rides in the vehicle you’d be evacuating in.

If you’re planning to stay at a shelter, it’s important to know that pets might not be allowed inside. Plan ahead for shelter alternatives which will work for you and your pets; think about loved ones or friends outside of your immediate city whom would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Make a backup emergency plan just in case you can’t look after your pets yourself. Develop a plan with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make certain that somebody is accessible to care for or evacuate your pets if you’re unable to do so. Be ready to improvise and use what you’ve got readily available to make it on your own for a minimum of three days, perhaps longer.

A Pet Owner’s booklet is accessible from FEMA’s website and provides info regarding getting ready for an emergency when you have pets.

(Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FEMA, ASPCA)

Author: Michael

Michael is the owner and professional pet sitter of Paternal Pet Care in Clermont, Florida and a huge animal lover. He and his wife, Cassie, share their home with two rescued dogs.

1 comment

  1. Bear says:

    Thanks for your thoughts. It’s helped me a lot.


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