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Pet Disaster Preparedness: What You Need to Know 

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In an era where natural disasters are becoming increasingly frequent and severe, many of us realize that our pets, beloved members of our families, must also have a pet disaster preparedness plan in place. Nature’s unpredictable fury can strike suddenly, leaving us and our faithful companions vulnerable. With each passing year, the evidence of climate’s impact on our environment grows more evident, making it important to take proactive steps before a crisis occurs.

Pet disaster preparedness can help you minimize potential damage and ensure the safety of your cherished pet. After all, they depend on you to plan for their well-being, especially in times of emergency! Here are some tips from trusted sources, like the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, and the CDC, to help you prepare for your pet’s safety.

Plan for Your Pet

Like your family’s, your pet’s safety begins with a plan. A pet disaster preparedness plan will help reduce stress and worry when making decisions during an emergency. Here are some things you need to do to ensure their safety when disaster strikes: 

  • Count on a neighbor or trusted person nearby. Partner with someone who can care for your pet—or evacuate them—if you are unable to do so. Give them a key to your home so they have easy access.
  • Consider having your pet microchipped. Be sure to update your contact information. Include an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations up to date. Carry copies of these records with you; shelters sometimes make exceptions to their “no pet” rules but will require vaccine information.
  • Board or shelter your pet. Contact local hotels, motels, boarding facilities, and veterinary offices to find out if they will shelter your pet during a disaster. Public shelters and hotels often will not allow pets, so find one you can take them to before an emergency happens. Keep a list of your options, including contact information.
  • Know your local contacts. Call your local animal shelter, animal control, or emergency management office for more advice on how to care for your pet during a disaster.

Assemble a Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit  

A disaster kit for your precious companion can make a world of difference during a critical situation! Begin with the fundamental essentials: food and water. These provisions are the cornerstone of your pet’s survival during a disaster. Then, focus on additional items your pet might need if you cannot return home for an extended period.

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Having a disaster kit prepared for your pet can be vital in ensuring their safety.
  • Food. Keep several days’ supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water. Pack a water bowl and several days’ supply of fresh water.
  • Medicine and first aid. Talk to your vet about specific medications you should include for your pet.
  • Extra collar and leash. Make sure to have a current ID tag on this collar, too.
  • Documents. Store copies of registration, vaccination, and health info in a waterproof bag.
  • Crate or sturdy carrier. Have one for each pet if you have multiple.
  • Sanitation items. Include litter boxes, newspapers, paper towels, trash bags, and bleach. 
  • Grooming supplies. Bring shampoo, conditioner, and other items you might need.
  • Familiar items. Help your pet feel comfortable with their favorite toys, bedding, or treats.
  • A photo of you and your pet. Include this to demonstrate ownership and to make you smile.

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Last edited on 16th of October 2023