Ensuring you and your pet are ready for any emergency situation is essential. An emergency plan doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed but should include checklists and a small stock of supplies to last until a reliable source of food, water, and Shelley is available.
The Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with FEMA hear compiled this list to assist you. Check out their site www.ready.gov/pets
Include your pets in your emergency plans
Build a separate emergency kit for your pets
Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated
Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens
Supplies for your emergency kit should include:
- Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
- Medicines and medical records.
- Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
- First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
- Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
- Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
- Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
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