Whether it’s a flood, hurricane, or tornado, natural disasters are something you need to be prepared for. When you’re making preparedness plans for you and your family, don’t forget your pet as well.
- Print out some “missing” posters. If you should get separated before, during, or after the disaster, you need to be able to reach out to the community for help. Don’t wait until you don’t have access to a computer and/or printer before you start thinking about printing a stack.
- Have a special first aid kit and disaster kit ready. Antiseptic wipes, cotton balls, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, gauze, and more should be included in your list of supplies. Blankets, extra leashes, medications, and water are also important. Not sure if something is essential? Talk to your vet.
- Know where you can stay (and where pets are allowed). Do you have friends or relatives who can take your family in while you recover? If not, do you know about any shelters that accept pets? Some shelters will take pets as long as you have a crate for them, so keep that in mind. It’s also a great idea to have a list of emergency contact numbers, including your vet’s number, in case your pet suffers an injury or infection.
- Update your pet’s tags and look into microchipping. If you recently moved or have a new phone number, this needs to be noted on your dog’s tags. Even if your dog’s tags have up-to-date information, if they appear worn and unreadable (and this can happen over time), it’s still good to get replacements. And while a number of owners don’t feel that microchipping their pet is necessary, it can really help in the middle of a bad situation. Anyone who finds your pet can take them to a vet who will promptly scan the chip and contact you.
- Invest in a sturdy, reliable crate. Again, some shelters allow pets as long as they stay in a crate, so this is an important item to have.
- Let emergency first responders know you have a pet in the house. You can purchase window stickers that list your pets and provides an emergency contact number (such as a family member or your pet sitter).
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