By planning ahead, pet parents can protect their fur family members against, fire, flood, hurricanes, and tornados. Pets are incredibly smart, practice fire drills with them and have a safety plan in place before a disaster strikes. If you are not home when disaster strikes, make it easy for others to help by leaving a key and instructions with your neighbors, family, or friends. Share your safety plan with them as well so they can get your pets to safety. It is also a good idea to place an emergency decal on your front door or window indicating the number and type of pets you have, this decal will alert rescuers to the animals inside the home.
The American Human Association offers the top ten list of essential items to pack for your pets in the event of an emergency.
Top Ten Pet Preparedness Kit Items
- Pet Carrier
- First Aid Kit
- Collar and leash
- Food (3-10 days worth)
- Medications your pet(s) need
- Vet records and current immunizations (keep all up to date)
- A photo of your pet, ID, and a photo of yourself with your pet
- A list of vets, pet friendly hotels, The American Human Association, American Red Cross, and out of town friends and family
Disasters aren't planned events and can strike at any time. Take the time today to prepare your pets for an unforeseen disaster. Being prepared can help save a life.
The ASPCA has a mobile app that is a must have for pet owners. Their app shows pet parents exactly what to do in the event of a natural disaster. Download this free app today at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/aspca-mobile-app.