Remember Pets in Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

September 28, 2016

Remember Pets in Your Disaster Preparedness PlanAs September comes to a close, we want to highlight National Disaster Preparedness Month. When preparing for a disaster, it can be easy to overlook planning with your pet in mind. But with some advance thought, your cat or dog will have their best chance of making it through an emergency safely.

Create a Grab & Go Bag

If the worst happens, and you need to evacuate your home, a prepared bag of your pet’s necessities can take some of the worry out of the event. It will also help you evacuate safely and quickly. Place the bag in an easy to access and easily remembered spot. Include these items:

  • Remember Pets in Your Disaster Preparedness PlanPet food
  • Feeding bowls
  • Bottled water
  • Collar with tags
  • Pet toys
  • Pet medications
  • Leash and/or rope
  • Muzzle
  • Current pet photos
  • List of contacts
  • Litter box/ waste bags

For more information on disaster preparedness and your pet, read this article from the ASPCA, which includes information on rescue alert stickers, safe havens and designated caregivers. We hope you never experience disaster with your cat or dog, but being prepared is the best course of action.

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