How to Prepare a Disaster Plan for Pets
Fires, flood and natural disasters can all wreak havoc on our homes. To prepare for and in the event of a property disaster we make sure to take steps to protect our families; our pets are not an exception. While they don’t really look like us, they are as much family as their human counterparts. Many disasters are spotted ahead of time; watches and warnings are issued by authorities in advance. If you have time to include your pets in the evacuation – please do. Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can endanger pet owners and first responders, and could mean the difference between life and death for your pet. Your furry companions rely on you; make sure you know how to prepare a disaster plan for your pets.
Identify your pets
While you will do everything you can to keep your pets with you during evacuation, it’s always good to take precautions. Microchip your pet, register your chip with the manufacturer and be sure to keep your contact information up to date. Keep a collar with ID information on your pets at all times. The use of a collar and a microchip can ensure that you will be reunited with your pet in case you become separated. This will ensure greater peace of mind.
Disaster readiness kit for pets
Prepare an evacuation plan that includes your pets and practice it regularly. Designate someone who will be responsible for transporting the pets and keeping the preparedness kit handy. A pet preparedness kit should include:
- Food and water to last at least three days or up to two weeks for each pet, this should include food and water bowls, water, dry food in airtight waterproof containers, canned pet food and a manual can opener.
- Medications for two weeks and treats used to administer the medications; pharmacy contact information for refills.
- Litter box and litter for cats and plastic bags for dog waste.
- Sturdy leashes and harnesses and roomy carriers with your pets names and contact information.
- Clean-up items for bathroom accidents such as paper towels, plastic trash bags and cleaning agents
- Towels or blankets
- Pet toys and a bed. Bringing familiar items helps your pets feel more comfortable in this stressful situation
Making arrangements for pets in the event of a property disaster
Be prepared; make sure to have a leash and/or carrier handy near exits. To reduce stress, practice transporting your pets in their carriers in the vehicle you’ll use in the actual evacuation. If you don’t have a car, make arrangements with a family member, friend, or neighbor to transport your pets to safety. It would also be beneficial to search for pet-friendly accommodations in advance; some options are:
- dogfriendly.com or call 888-281 5170
- pet-friendly-hotels.net or call 866-966-3046
- petswelcome.com or call 845-297-5150
Keep a list of pet-friendly places and be sure to call ahead for a reservation when evacuation time nears.
Recovering quickly after property damage
All pet owners have made a commitment to keep their pets safe. If the tables were turned, they’d do the same for you. If your property has been damaged by a flood, fire or natural disaster, please contact the property damage restoration experts at Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration. Our team of dedicated repair professionals are determined to get you and your pets back in your home quickly, safely and peacefully. Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.
Written by E. Aceves