Pet Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Planning: Week
Make an Emergency Pet Evacuation Plan
This week you’ll find a 3-month pantry To-Do at the bottom of the page, but we wanted to pick up an important Preparedness element – preparing to care for or evacuate your pets.
Don’t Leave Your Love Behind
If you leave your pet behind in an emergency situation, you may be placing them in grave danger. Plan now for emergency pet evacuation. Animal shelters cannot accept pets. Take time now to research pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities located several miles from your home. Alternatively, consider bringing them to an out-of-town friend or relative. Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you keep your address and phone number up-to-date. Include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
Build a Pet Go-Bag
- Food. At least a three-day food supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water. Add at least three days of water for each of your pets to your own water supply.
- Medicines and medical records. Your pet’s medical records, including vaccination dates, are usually required for boarding.
- Important documents. Registration information, microchip info, and vaccination documents.
- First aid kit. Add a pet first aid book to your regular first aid kit.
- Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag, and a leash.
- Crate or pet carrier. If you need to evacuate, having a pet carrier can be very helpful.
- Sanitation. Pet litter & litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- Familiar items. Favorite bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
Your Task For the Week
- Buy one week’s worth of breakfasts for one (or if you have the funds, for each member of your family). That would include a protein, a carb, a fat, and maybe a fruit. Package it properly to prevent water and rodent intrusion and put it into your pantry.