Preparing Your Pets for
Emergencies Makes Sense.
Get Ready Now.
If you are like millions of animal owners
nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. The
likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as
a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on
emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to
prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency
supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for
any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or
evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance
for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically
what's best for your animals.
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if
possible. However, 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
Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't
care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors,
friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care
for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to
improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at
least three days, maybe longer.
Preparing for Your Pets Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.
Access the Community Pet Preparedness Toolkit.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM