Keep your dog safe in an emergency
Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, and it’s a PAWfect time to take a few minutes and go over your dog’s emergency kit and go-plan so when disaster strikes, you both are ready. And, if you don’t have a kit and a go-plan, now is a good time to make one!
START PLANNING NOW
No matter where you live, disasters can occur, whether that be a natural disaster such as a tornado or a house fire. Having an emergency kit and a go-plan cuts down on time it takes to get your family to safety. It also provides peace of mind.
IDENTIFICATION IS A MUST
Dogs wearing collars and identification tags have an increased chance of being reunited with their families. Make sure your dog has:
- • A collar and ID tag with your current contact information.
- • A microchip that is registered and has your current contact information.
PUT YOUR EMERGENCY KIT TOGETHER
An emergency kit has a first aid kit PLUS essential supplies for each of your pets. It’s vital that a basic emergency kit for your four-legged family contains:
- • Basic first aid supplies
- • Waste clean-up supplies
Then EACH of your pets should have the following essentials packed for them:
- • A three-day supply of water and their food plus bowls
- • Any medications they may need
- • A copy of their medical records
- • Contact information for their veterinarian
- • A picture of them in the event of separation.
- • List of their feeding routine and any behavioral issues
- • Their favorite blanket or toy
- • A carrier or crate for transportation and confinement, if needed.
Once you get those items together, place them in a plastic tub and store them in a place that is easy to access, like a hall closet or a pantry. In an emergency, you won’t have time to go digging through the attic for it.
PREPARE THE GO-PLAN
You’ve got the emergency kit, but where do you go? Remember, if it isn’t safe for you to stay, it’s not safe for your dog, so a go-plan is essential. It’s the steps you’ll take to when you and your dog have to LEAVE your home.
- • Contact the resources below ahead of time to see if your dog is welcome in case of an emergency. Their responses help determine your go-plan.
- • Call your local or state emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets during a disaster.
- • Contact motels outside your immediate area to see if they accept dogs. Remember to ask about any size restrictions.
- • Make arrangements with family and friends outside your area.
- • Connect with veterinary clinics and boarding facilities.
- • Reach out to animal shelters; they often will foster pets during a disaster.
Making plans before disaster strikes keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.