In our area of the country springtime brings on the storm season. Storms around here are likely to bring flooding and/or tornadoes. In other parts of the country there is a likelihood of wildfires and then we have our hurricanes a little later in the year. This brings me to National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, May 13, 2017. Which just happens to be today. It’s funny how that works out sometimes.
Let’s face it, for most us our pets define our lives. We do the best we can caring for them on any typical day. But, what if you were faced with a disaster of some sort? If you were forced to leave your residence for even just a week; would you be able to care for your pet?
Having some type of game plan and being prepared is a great step everyone can take to ensure that their pets are ready and cared for during a emergency.
Here’s a quick list of recommended supplies to have in a “to-go” bag just in case:
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Extra leash or harness
- Supplies for waste clean-up
- A three to ten day supply of water and pet food.
- Any medications and a copy of veterinarian records
- Favorite blanket or toy
Others things to consider might be to have your pet micro chipped or use some type of ID collar. Have an extra picture of your pet. If you keep an extra folding crate this could be safe place for the pet. Finally, have a plan for where you will be residing during a time of crisis and learn where a local veterinarian is nearby. Then have a list of friends or family away from your area and have a idea of what hotel chains accept pets.
Remember, in most times of crisis or disasters evacuations will happen very quickly. You will have to leave as soon as possible. By already having a plan in place you can reduce not all but some of the your stress. Lord willing, you will never need to use it other then updating supplies.