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National Pet Disaster Preparedness Day

In honor of National Pet Disaster Preparedness Day (May 8th) I am sharing the following information on preparing for a sudden evacuation for your family and pets. I have also provided several organization links below that take you directly to their Pet Disaster Preparedness information.

Planning is key in the event of a disaster such as Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Earthquakes, Fires, Chemical Spill, Extended Power Outages, etc. If it is not safe for you to stay home during this emergency event, then it is not safe for your pets either. Do not leave animals outside in kennels or chained in the yard.

Here is an initial checklist derived from the ASPCA. You should have a checklist, and a prepared emergency evacuation kit. You can create your own checklist by researching the organization links below. Have this list in several locations in your dwelling and make sure everyone living there knows where these lists are located.

  1. Food and Water

Have at least 3 days or more of pet food, bottled water for pets, treats, bowls, and a manual can opener.

  1. Medications

Have several days’ worth of their medication in the original childproof containers that are clearly labeled with the pet’s names, and dosage information.

  1. Carriers

Pet carriers to easily contain and transport your pet. Make sure you have a carrier for each pet. Keep them as close to the exit if possible.

  1. Comfort Items

Bring familiar items such as bedding, and favorite toys to help comfort them.

  1. Sanitation

Plastic bags for clean-up, litter, or newspapers, as well as a temporary litter box. Those aluminum roasting pans work well for temporary litter boxes.

  1. Leash/ Harness

Have a leash/ harness and collar with ID tags. Make sure the contact information is updated on the tags. Also consider microchipping if you have not done this already.

  1. Shelter

Have a list of local pet-boarding facilities, pet friendly hotels, list of friends or family that would allow you and your pets to stay for a short period of time.

8. Pet First Aid Kit

Create a pet first aide kit or purchase one specific for pets. The link will take you to the ASPCA list of items to create your own pet first aid kit.

  1. Action Plan

Have an agreement with family and/or roommates on where to meet if you are not together when a disaster may strike. Make sure that everyone knows where the emergency evacuation supplies are located. 

  1. Contact Information 

Have your veterinarians name, office name, location, and phone number. Emergency veterinarian clinics, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435, pet medical records (paper and/or memory stick), rabies registration, current photos. Copy of pet's microchip number, name, and phone number of the registration company. Have this information in a waterproof bag. 

  1. Other items

Always keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle. Have all phone/ computer power cords and charger cables. Fully charged power banks in the event of a power outage. 


Links to Pet Disaster Preparedness Articles and Checklists:

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