Prepping for the family also includes prepping for your pets.
While doing research for this article, I came across the site, http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness . They offer a free sticker to place in a window / door for emergency workers to know animals are in the home....
This is a picture of the Rescue Alert Stickers provided by ASPCA. They recommend,"This easy-to-use sticker to let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian's phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers."
So how can you prepare for your beloved pets....? The first major hurdle for those pet owners is if evacuation is needed... Not every Red Cross shelter excepts pets. So what do you do with your pets? Please do not leave your pets behind!!!
- Have friends or relatives lined up in advance to take on the responsibility of
your pets in case of such an emergency. Have friends/relatives nearby and ones farther away. The disaster could be just your immediate area or could involve the whole county...so have both lined up.
- Talk to your veterinarian or local trainer for a list of possible shelters or kennels. Make sure you check them out in advance and talk with the owners of the facilities about your concerns if their is disaster and if they could take responsibility of your pets in such a situation.
- If you are financially able, check out local hotels/motels which are pet friendly. Again, I would recommend checking out this facilities in advance. They may have a limit on number of pets, or size of pets etc.....
If you have an animal other than a dog, I would recommend some type of kennel or cage for security and if travel is needed then you are prepared for transport.
A dog or cat should always have a collar and tag around its neck for identification purposes, but you should have an extra set during an emergency just in case the collar is lost. I also recommend having your animal micro chipped, so if lost and taken to a vet or shelter the animal can be reunited with you when the time is right. If you have an animal other than a dog or cat have some way of someone else identifying your animal such as a tag on the cage. And for the identification tags, I would carry one with your permanent information on it, pet's name, home address, phone number, vet's name & number is possible. I would also carry a blank one that you can write on in time of a disaster in case you have a temporary different address.
I would recommend having a folder in your emergency file with all your pets information such as your vets' name, address and phone, vaccination records, allergies, and current list of medicine, micro chip information and a current picture of your pet/s
- Food - you should always have a weeks supply of food on hand that your pet
is use to eating. During an emergency when your animal is already
stressed, this is not the time to have a different type of food. (Make sure to rotate this food, so it doesn't expire)
- Water - you should have a week's worth of water for each pet
- Leash - an extra leash in your pets supply bag
- Feeding Bowl
- Can Opener for food containers
- Cleaning supply - some type of disinfectant to clean the crate and feeding bowel & paper towels to dry
- Trash Bags & Pooper scooper
- Litter or bedding material depending on type of pet
- Pet First Aide kit - with a 2 week supply of your pets medicine (make sure you continue rotate the medicine so it doesn't expire) - check with your Vet about type of supplies to include in your First Aide Kit
- Blanket for scooping up and confining a fearful pet or to cover a cage
- Toys or chew snacks
- Mist bottle for birds if warm weather
- Hot water bottle for reptiles
- Or any item that you would normally use to keep your pet safe and secure.