As a pet owner it is important to prepare you AND your pet in case disaster strikes.
Some disasters will cause you and your pets to be stranded in your home for hour to days at a time. You should ALWAYS have the following items in your home in case you are stranded there for a period of time with your pet:
If you need to evacuate, you should ALWAYS do your best to take your pet with you. If you shouldn’t be there, then neither should they! Have a “Go-Bag” ready at all times so you and your pet can evacuate at a moments notice.
The following items should be in your “Go-Bag”
When evacuating with your pet, you may have to leave your pet at a shelter set up for animals while you go to the temporary shelter set up for people. Make sure you have anything your pet may need while away from you, and have identification information for your pet so you can be reunited after the disaster.
NOTE: Some hotels that are not pet-friendly may make exceptions during times of disaster.
If you are forced to leave your pets behind, you should do the following:
It is always recommended that you GET YOUR PET MICROCHIPPED
All shelters and vets will scan animals brought in for a microchip. This is the best way to ensure you and your pets are reunited after a disaster, especially if you become separated. Almost any animal you have for a pet will be able to be microchipped.
Keep a piece of paper with your pets microchip number and the company’s phone number on it. You may need the number to prove the pet is yours in times of disaster. Call the microchip company as soon as you can to report if your pet becomes lost.
Basic pet first aid kit should include:
Note: It is also possible to purchase pre-assembled pet first aid kits.