Disaster Preparedness and Your Pet

Do you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters? Even if you don’t, have you ever wondered what you would do if one struck the area you live in?  This can be of particular concern if you have a pet. Most people are not prepared for these events - and they should be! It may take extra effort, but it could in the end save your life as well as your pet’s life. A natural disaster is anything that is a natural event that can cause extreme damage or the loss of lives. Some examples of these are floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados.  Below are some things to have on hand for your pet in your “go bag” in case a disaster strikes.  Have it easily accessible so anyone in the family can grab it and go.

These tips are geared towards what to have for your pet; more information of what you should pack for yourself can be found at www.ready.gov/natural-disasters. First you should have a plan for things, such as where do you go, what’s the quickest way out of your house while alerting all family members, where the bag will be located and so on. Next is what do you put in the bag? For your pets you should have at least two gallons of water, and that might not even be enough. Depending on how bad the disaster is, water could be an issue for a while. Besides water, you should also keep at least a weeks’ worth of food put up in case you are not able to get to the store to gather supplies for your pet, besides the necessities, if your pet is on any medication, keeping an extra put up could save their lives. Also, a blanket in case it is cold as well as a toy and some treats to keep them occupied.  A good leash, collar and/or harness as well.

Natural disasters are scary for anyone but especially for our pets because they don’t understand exactly what is going on.  We have to be there for them and prepared since they obviously cannot do it for themselves. Keeping them comfortable during these situations is the most important thing for your sanity and theirs. Even though people think “this won’t happen to me” it very well could and everyone should be prepared in case a situation like this would arise, no matter where you live.

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