September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

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When a disaster strikes, there is often little time to prepare our homes, families, and pets for the damage to come.

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month.  This is a good time to identify what you would need in order to take care of your pet, should you have to evacuate your house in a hurry.  Make a list of the items your pet could not live without, grab a large, preferably clear container, and get to work preparing an emergency kit for your furry child.

Here are some items you don’t want to forget:

  • bottled water
  • food (at least three days’ worth)
  • bowls
  • litter
  • leash and/or crate
  • required medications
  • vet records including vaccinations
  • current picture and/or description of your pet(s)
  • veterinary first aid kit
  • security items (bedding or toys to help ease stress)

As I try to imagine what it would be like at my house in the event of a flood, or a tornado, or another type of emergency, I picture my sweet dog, Summer, panicked and afraid.  She tends to run away or hide in a corner when she is scared.  It is a terrible mental image, but one that has driven me to keep a few more things in mind, to make sure I am completely prepared.

  1. ID your pet.  Make sure your pet wears a collar with current ID tags at all times.
  2. Know your pet’s location.  Does your pet have a favorite hiding spot when he/she is scared?  Know where that spot is so you or a family member can retrieve your pet quickly should you need to leave in a hurry.
  3. Notify others that there is a pet or pets in your home.

Disasters are unpredictable and can cause serious damage to our homes and loved ones, including our pets. A disaster can happen to anyone at any time, so be sure to take caution and prepare.

Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix dog goes for a ride in the car. He is strapped in with a harness that attaches to the seatbelt for safety.
Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix dog goes for a ride in the car. He is strapped in with a harness that attaches to the seatbelt for safety.

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