What Happens To My Pet When Disaster Strikes

Disaster Safety Checklist Part Two

What steps you can take are as follows:CuteJack-Russell-Terrier-puppy

  1. Keep your pets important information, in an easy to carry container and in a place that you can get to easily and quickly.  Also make sure everyone in your family knows where the kit is.  Along with the important information, items such as sturdy leashes and/or harness and pet carriers that you can transport your pet safely, all should be in the same place as the information kit.
  2. A good first aid kit is a good idea to have ready at all times.  My friend keeps one in each of her vehicles so that whether they are on the road, or at home one is easily accessible.  In the future blog, I will outline some good items to use for a first aid kit.
  3. Something that may come in very handy, are photographs of your pet in case they do get lost, or just separated from you in the commotion.  Also if you bring your pet indoors when you first hear warnings, you won’t have to be searching for them at the last minute when its time to head to a shelter.
  4. A list to give to whoever ends up boarding your pet until things are back to normal, is information regarding their brand of food, feeding schedules, allergies,any medical conditions,and the medication name and dosage.  The medication itself could be kept in the first aid kit, or in the container with all other information.  If you do not already have your vets name and number on other pieces of identification with the pet, make sure that is included somewhere.  A favorite toy, or blanket may make your pet feel less stress wherever they end up waiting out the disaster.

The American Red CrossJune is National Pet Preparedness Month

I myself do not have all of my pets information ready in a kit, but I will now.

This information was provided by The American Red Cross.

Stay Tuned for part 3.