Did you know that people often get separated from their pets during an emergency such as fire, earthquake or flood. Take a few steps now to help you and your furry family members stay safe in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.
Here are a few tips:
Wondering what else you can do to prepare for an emergency? Here are some of Close’s top tips for how pet owners can plan ahead:
- Purchase a pet emergency kit. It should contain a comprehensive pet first aid kit, a three-day food and water supply, medications, a temporary collar, identifying documentation, and current vaccination records. Include a photo of you with your pet to prove ownership.
- Identification: Always have a securely fastened collar with current contact information on your animal. Microchip your pet and label all carriers with up-to-date personal and veterinary information.
- Practice home escape-drills twice a year using two different exits, and don’t forget to include your pets.
- Transportation: Have carriers for each animal fully assembled at all times — train your animal to be on a leash or harness or in a cage/carrier. Label carriers with your personal and veterinary information. Also include details on your temporary shelter location.
- Think about alternate housing. Find friends and neighbors who are willing to take your pets if disaster strikes. Find pet-friendly places to stay (i.e., pet-friendly hotels), including locations within a 50-mile radius in case of far-reaching evacuation. Pinpoint kennels and veterinarians in your area. Create a list and map of your local shelters.
- Use the buddy system: Exchange pet information and evacuation plans with trusted friends and neighbors. Inform them of your pet’s favorite hiding places and let them know where you keep leashes and carriers/crates. If you’re away during an emergency, they can keep your pets safe. “
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