Don't Forgot a Preparedness Plan for Your Pets and Animals
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to put a plan in place for your pet or pets in case of an emergency.
There are several things you can do to make sure they stay stay safe during an emergency. Putting a Pet Emergency Kit together for your pets is the easiest way to plan ahead for an emergency. Ready.gov/animals lists the following items as essential to building your Pet Emergency Kit
- Bring at least a three day supply of food per animal in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Bring at least a three day supply of water per animal.
- Back all medicines and medical records for your pets in a waterproof case.
- Put together a first aid kit that includes cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, Isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Could not hurt to include a pet first aid reference book too.
- collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
- Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier for each animal in case you need to evacuate. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Everything necessary for sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate. Paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- A picture of your pet and yourself to show others to assist if if you become separated from your pet.
- Bring microchip information in case you become separated from your pet in order to help locate them. Most veterinary clinics and shelters will have scanners to read the microchips.
- Bring some familiar items for your pet to make them comfortable and to help reduce stress during an emergency, such as treats, toys and bedding.
Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so never leave your pet behind. They could be lost, hurt or even die if left behind. If you are unable to take your pet for any reason, please contact a local shelter, a family member or friend, police department, fire department or post on social media ahead of time for assistance.
For more information on preparedness for pets and animals, please visit ready.gov/animals.