How to Keep Your Pets Safe in A Disaster
7 February, 2013
As we all know, there are unfortunate events that can take place that are beyond our control. There are natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and wild fires that can occur. Hopefully, you will never experience one of the above, but as always, it is best for you to be prepared for you and your pets.
Below are some important tips to help you be prepared:
Plan ahead and find a safe place for you and your pets
For the most part, evacuation shelters don’t allow pets; therefore, you should plan ahead to make sure that your family and your pets will have a safe place to stay. Don’t wait until disaster strikes to do your research.
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 have to evacuate, take your pets with you.
The most important thing that you can do to protect your pets if you evacuate is to take your pets with you! If it’s not safe for you to stay at home, then it’s not safe for your pets. Pets that are left inside your home can escape through broken windows or other storm-damaged areas of your home.
Once you leave your home, you don’t know how long you’ll be away and you might not be able to go back for your pets. If you leave, even if you it will be for a short time, make surer to take your pets with you.
Your pets need to wear identification.
As always, your pets should be wearing identification at all times. It’s a good idea to include a number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area as well as your phone number.
Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets
Be prepared and know ahead of time what you need to take with you when you evacuate. You also need to prepare supplies for your pet. Try to stock up on non-perishables ahead of time and have everything ready to. Keep everything stored in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (such as Tupperware or even a duffel bag).
Make sure to bring food, water, bowls, cat litter and litter box, and a manually-operated can opener. You can also bring pet toys and beds, only if they are easily moved.
If you wait out the disaster at home, find a safe place for you and your pets
If your family and pets must wait out a 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. Have your pet medications and a supply of pet food and water inside containers with your other emergency supplies.
If you’re not at home, contact a neighbor or friend that lives nearby
If a disaster strikes when you aren’t home, try to find a neighbor or friend to help. They can check on your pets and/or even get them for you (assuming it is safe). Make sure they know where a key is or how to access your home.
I hope that you and/or your pets never experience a natural disaster or any other bad experience at home. But, as in all emergency situations, if you are prepared, than you and your pets will survive it safely.