This past weekend as I received notifications on Facebook from friends checking in safe in Orlando because of a mass shooting. I began thinking about getting prepared for more of these type attacks as well as national disasters. Not just for myself but for my dogs as well.
Here is the list I will be working on:
- ID: Make sure to get your dog & cat microchiped as well as have a physical tag. Microchips increase your chances of being reunited with your pet incase they get lost or separated from you. If your pet is already microchipped make sure all the information on the chip is up to date. BUT, remember the average citizen who may find your pet will have no way to scan for a chip, so a physical tag is also a good idea to have on your pets collar. Make sure to include your cell phone incase you are away from your home.
- Prepare a disaster kit:
* Food & Water for 5 days for each pet. Don’t forget their bowls
* Medication and Medical records. Stores these in a water proof container
* Cat litter pan, litter, litter scoop and garbage bag.
* Sturdy leases, harness and carriers. You want to transport your pets safely, without them escaping.
* Current photo of you and your pets, to help with identification and to also prove they belong to you.
* Write feeding schedule, behavioral traits and vet info.
* Misc Items: Newspaper, paper towels, trash bags, grooming items
- Find a safe place to stay ahead of time: Don’t assume your pet will be allowed at the shelter you evacuate too. Contact hotels outside your evacuation area to see if they except pets. Keep this handy and try to call and make arrangements as early as possible.
- Try to make arrangements with Family and friends outside of your area. Ask and see if they would house you and your pets in case of an emergency
- If you evacuate take your pets with you don’t leave them behind. If it’s not safe for you it’s not safe for them. Also evacuate early evacuating with pets before conditions get to extreme which could cause your pet to panic.
I would love to hear what you put on your emergency preparedness list. Please leave me a comment.