Pets and Disasters – Are you prepared?

Posted: June 16, 2011 in personal safety, Pets
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I recently came across some important safety tips and simple steps to be assured that your pets will be taken care of in an emergency.  I wanted to pass this along.  Keep this information with your pet records and update when necessary.

Plan a safe place to take your pets in case of an emergency: 

  • Keep a list of pet friendly motels or hotels in your immediate area.  Find out what their policies are in accepting pets and if there are any restrictions.  Here’s a website for pet friendly motels/hotels in the US: http://www.1clickpethotels.com/
  • Prepare a list of veterinarians and boarding facilities that might be able to shelter animals in case of an emergency.
  • Put together a list of friends, neighbors, and family members that might be able to take your pets.
  • Contact local animal shelters and rescues in your area and find out if they would take in animals if other facilities were full.

Put together a portable pet disaster/emergency kit:

I always have one of these kits ready to go when I travel with my pets.  Remember to keep everything updated on a regular basis and make sure that you rotate pet food and water. 

  • Pet beds and toys.
  • Current photos of your animals in case they get lost.
  • Veterinary records, any medications, and first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.
  • Information on feeding, medicines, name and telephone number of Vet, and any behavior problems.
  • Carriers and leashes to safely transport your animals.
  • Food, bottled water, bowls, and cat litter/pan.

When disaster approaches:

  • Make sure that ALL pets have current ID tags and collars securely fastened.
  • You can attach temporary ID tags with any other information, such as Vet or temporary boarder.
  • Call ahead and make sure that there are arrangements available for your pets at your designated location.
  • Check and make sure that your portable disaster/emergency kit is ready to go at any given notice.
  • Bring all pets inside the house.  You won’t then have to search for them when you have to leave in a hurry.

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Don’t forget to have your own emergency kit ready to go as well.  Talk to your family about how and where you would meet in case of an emergency or disaster.

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