9 Tips to Safeguard Your Dog or Cat in an Emergency
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, wants to make sure that you know what to do with your pet should an emergency or disaster arise. This past week, they published an advisory to make sure people who have pets, take their pets into account in their emergency preparedness.
Working with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of the United States, they have produced the following guidelines to help pet owners.
Have a pet-supply kit ready, including:
- Pet food for three days in an airtight, waterproof container and bowls;
- Water for three days;
- Pet medicines and first aid supplies;
- Collar (with ID tags firmly secured), harness or sturdy leash;
- Important documents such as registration, adoption papers, vaccination and medical records in a plastic bag or waterproof container;
- Travel crate or other pet carrier;
- Cat litter, litter box, paper towels, newspapers, plastic trash bags and cleaning supplies;
- Photos of you and your pet together for identification purposes; and
- Familiar items such as toys, treats and blankets.
FEMA says the single most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to take them with you if you must evacuate. Animals left behind in a disaster can easily be lost or injured. If evacuation is necessary, consider friends or family outside the area who can take in you and your pet. If you need to, once you evacuate and friends or family are not an option, look for a pet motel or kennel.
If you are physically frail, a good thing to do is to contact neighbors, friends or relatives and arrange for them to help evacuate your pet for you. You will obviously go over with them the above nine points.
FEMA has other information on their website regarding emergency preparedness with pets. You can check that out.
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