Be Prepared For Emergency Situations Using These Tools

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.

Follow FEMA at http://www.twitter.com/readygov for the latest updates and preparation tips.

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