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National Preparedness Month for Your Pets

You likely have an preparedness plan for your family in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. But have you included your pet in those plans? As a pet parent, its your responsibility to take your four-legged family members under consideration when planning for an problems that might cause you to flee or evacuate your home.


You likely have an preparedness plan for your family in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. But have you included your pet in those plans? As a pet parent, its your responsibility to take your four-legged family members under consideration when planning for an problems that might cause you to flee or evacuate your home.


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Here are some item to be sure you have on hand for your pet in case of emergency. And be sure to keep all of this as close to an exit as possible:


  • Your pets information including dog tag numbers, chip information, photocopies of medical records
  • Your vets phone number
  • Extra collars, harnesses and leashes
  • A travel crate or carrier for each pet (put your dogs info and your name on the carrier)
  • At least five days worth of food
  • Bottles of water
  • Extra kitty litter and an aluminum roasting pan for cats
  • Feeding dishes
  • At least a weeks supply of any pet medications or pet vitamins
  • A pet first-aid kit
  • Flea and tick treatments
  • A recent photo of your pet in case they are lost
  • A blanket
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Grooming supplies

Other things to help in being prepared for your pet in an emergency:


  • Ask your vet for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Contact local animal shelters to see if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Make a list of hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Determine in advance if there are friends and relatives outside your immediate area willing to take in your pet.
  • If you are asked to shelter in place, seeks out rooms offer safe havens (clear of hazards such as windows, and flying debris) and these rooms should be easy-to-clean such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements.



Lisa Picarille
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