Disasters can strike at any time. We try to prepare for fire, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes by packing supplies and creating disaster kits. We teach our children what to do and where to go in case of an emergency, but all too often we forget to plan for our pets. Here’s what you can do to include your pets and their needs in your emergency plans.
- Make sure your pet has ID. Most pets survive disasters, but they’re never reunited with their families because they don’t have ID. Get tags and collars for your animals, and don’t forget to microchip them!
- Stock up on food and water. Keep several day’s worth of food and water in your emergency kit, and don’t forget to include a can opener for canned food.
- Keep pet prescriptions handy. If your animal has a chronic condition that requires regular medication, then you’ll need to make sure you keep a supply of their medicine available.
- Prepare for bathroom breaks. Make sure you have a disposable litter box and some litter on hand for cats, and plastic bags for cleaning up after dogs.
- Crates and carriers are a must. Being able to transport your pet safely during a disaster is essential, so make sure you have enough crates or carriers for all your animals.
Follow these tips to make sure that when the worst happens, you and your pet can get through it together!