Have you accounted for your pets when emergency planning?
Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so why would you not make them a part of your preparedness planning? Here are several things you can do to make sure they stay safe as well during an emergency.
1. Pet emergency kit
Food - enough for a three-day supply stored in an airtight, waterproof container.
Water - at least a three-day supply, specifically for your pets
Medicines and medical records
Important documents - registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents.
First aid kit - cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Also, a pet first aid reference book is not a bad idea.
Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag, and a leash.
Crate or pet carrier - the carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down.
Sanitation - pet litter and litter box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and household chlorine bleach.
A picture of you and your pet together - this will help document ownership of your pet.
Familiar items - these include treats, toys, and bedding. These items can help reduce the amount of stress for your pet.
While practicing evacuation plans don't forget to include your pets to insure they are not left or forgotten.
Microchipping pets is a great way to locate them. Ask your vet about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.