This article is how to put together a Pet Preparedness Plan.
From the current unprecedented fires at Fort McHenry, Canada, to the fires in California, tornadoes across the great Plains, Floods in Texas and the storms and flooding rains in the Northeast USA, the weather is really causing sudden damage and death to individuals, families, family pets and entire communities.
If you have one pet, that is small, you can hopefully scoop them up as you flee the weather, but if you have more than one small pet you really need a Pet Preparedness Plan in writing, ready to implement on perhaps minutes notice. The truth even with one pet you need to have a plan. In disasters, all hell can break loose and with stress and quick events you need a plan to use to make sure your beloved pet does not run off, or get hidden in the house as you flee.
We have 4 skittish rescue dogs. I know if we have to scoop them up fast my wife and I will have our hands full. Even when people just come to our front door they go crazy: with a storm or fire, I know it may get 10 times worse. That is why my wife and I have a plan in place to make sure none run off, out an open door frightened, or hide in a closet. We have all their vet records, chip info, pictures, food, treats, collars leashes and other stuff in one spot easy and ready to go.
I hope to never use the plan, but I believe “Hope” is not a plan of action.
Please do not be complacent when it comes to protecting your family and your family pets as well. Disasters can and often do strike at any time and often with little warning. It is very important to be prepared and know how to survive a natural disaster. Create a disaster Pet Preparedness Plan for your family and pets.
Disasters can strike at any time, Be Pet Prepared! Remember, we can’t prevent Disasters, but we can be prepared.
In honor of FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 14, 2016, Green Pets America is writing this blog and we are encouraging all pet parents to build a Pet Preparedness Plan today.
Here are 8 Safety Tips from Green Pets America Charities to start your plan
- Make sure that your pet has an identification, collar id or microchip with current information.
- Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” which includes pet supplies, pet first aid supplies and animals information.
- During an emergency, It is advisable to have enough pet food for a week or two weeks.
- Display a Pet Alert Decal on your door or window. This decal alerts rescuers in case of any emergency that you have a pet inside your home that needs to be rescued.
- To help evacuate faster, know where your pet likes to hide in your house when they are frightened.
- Some disaster relief areas may not be open for dogs or cats. Scout other options like pet-friendly hotels or ask relatives and friends.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- Transport your pet safely by using a pet carrier or crate.
Below is an info-graphic from the ASPCA to include in your Emergency Pet Preparedness Plan Ready To Go-Kit.
Please donate today to Green Pets America Charities: Help us help our pets and pet families. We provide school and community education programs to prepare our communities across America for Pet Preparedness in a natural or terror disaster.
Steve Monahan, Executive Director – Founder