Hopefully we are creating family preparedness plans and reviewing them occasionally, but let’s not forget about our pets. Here are a few tips from the book It’s a Disaster! And what are YOU gonna do about it?
If authorities indicate a need for evacuation, do NOT leave pets behind to fend for themselves. If you have pets, make sure identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. Prepare a pet evacuation bag/box/tote with food, water, and a few small toys.
Keep a photo (with you and the pet together) in your wallet or evacuation bag to use as identification if it gets lost. (Unfortunately, sometimes dishonest people may try to claim very expensive animals which are not theirs after the disaster.)
Leave an extra house key with a trusted friend or neighbor to get your pet if you are unable to be there in an area evacuation. Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness—so if it panics—it can’t run away or harm someone.
Some people plan to stay in a motel out of town or “out of harms way” until your area is declared safe, so if that is your decision, phone now to find those who accept pets. Keep in mind if you have nowhere to go and choose a public shelter, they cannot accept typical pets. However, they generally do accept those assisting people with disabilities, such as sight impairment. Please check in your own area.
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