The floods and tornadoes that have affected so many people in the past few months have served as a sobering reminder of how natural disasters can wreak havoc on our lives. While we can’t control Mother Nature, we can try to prepare ourselves for when disaster strikes. And when making arrangements, it’s important to consider the four-legged members of the family. Here are some pet-specific tips to keep in mind:
- Put Pet Rescue Alerts in your windows to let emergency personnel know there are pets in your home. You can get a free rescue alert decal from Castor & Pollux. Just fill out the form on our Facebook page and we’ll get a window cling in the mail to you.
- Make sure your pet has a license and nametag with current contact information.
- Stock your disaster kits with items your pet will need. This list includes wet and dry food; harnesses and leashes; a travel crate or carrier; extra blankets for your pet; enough water for you AND your pets; recent photos of your pet in case they get separated; any medications your pet needs; a pet-specific first aid kit.
- Keep your pets in mind when planning for evacuation. Know ahead of time what your options are. Make a list of hotels that accept pets, pet kennels or boarding facilities and pet shelters.
- It’s a good idea to carry an informational pet guide, such as the Pet Emergency Pocket Guide, that contains information on first aid and disaster planning.
No one likes to think about the possibility that disaster could strike, but don’t let that keep you from making preparations. Get your plan and your supplies ready now— for you and your pets.
Do you have other tips you’d like to share with fellow pet parents? Leave a comment here on our blog!