How to Keep Your Pets Safe in a Natural Disaster!
26 September, 2017
With all the hurricanes, earthquakes and floods occurring, it has become even more important to have a safety plan in place for you and your pets. There are many things you can do to prepare for something unexpected including having an animal emergency supply kit ready and developing a pet care buddy system. Whether you decide to stay put or move to a safer location, you need to make plans in advance to keep your pets safe.
Below are some reminders and/or tips to keep you and your pets safe:
If you evacuate you home, never leave your pets behind!
If you evacuate your home, NEVER leave your pets behind! Pets cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you might not find them when you return.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Think outside your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
Develop a back-up plan with friends and neighbors if you can’t make it home
Ask friends, relatives or others outside your immediate area if they would shelter you and your pets if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you might have to house them separately. You should also make a list of veterinarians and boarding facilities that shelter pets in emergencies.
If you wait out the disaster at home, find a safe place for you and your pets
If you decide to wait out the disaster at home, find a safe area of your house where you can all stay together. Try to keep your dogs on their leashes and your cats in their carriers. If possible, the room should be clear of hazards like windows and flying debris. Have your pet medications and a supply of pet food and water inside containers with your other emergency supplies.
Have all your pets’ id tags and photo ids updated (at all time!)
Microchipping your pet is always a reliable way to keep track of your pets. But, you should also have id tags and make sure they are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If your pet gets out, his id tag is his ticket home. There are many fabulous pet identification tags that can track your pet and keep their records. PetHub offers a reputable and reliable id tag. Having an updated photo of your pet is important as well.
In addition to an emergency kit, below are some items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:
- A weeks supply of canned or dry food (rotate every 2 months)
- Disposable litter trays.
- Litter or paper towels
- Disposable garbage bags for clean up
- Pet Feeding dishes
- Extra collar or harness
- Two week supply of any medicine your pet requires
- Bottled water – at least 7 days worth for each pet and parent (store in a cool place and replace every few months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- For cats: pillowcase, scoopable litter
- For dogs: Extra leash, toys and a week’s worth of cage liner.
You should also have an emergency kit for your human family members
Some of the items to include: batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, rope, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.
Let’s hope that you or your pets never have to experience a natural disaster. But, as always, it is better to be prepared just in case it does occur and you will have the supplies needed and ready.
If you encounter a fire and have pets, here is what you need to know: Keeping Pets Safe in Fire