Are you ready?
When disaster strikes, pets are just as vulnerable as people. Many disaster assistance groups are not able, or equipped, to care for displaced pets during emergencies. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide for the safety, shelter and well being of their pets. Though there are many factors in an emergency situation that are beyond one’s control, having a plan in place and gathering an “emergency kit” for your pet before disaster strikes, can make all the difference.
Emergency Pet Kit
Food: Minimum 3 day supply, recommended 7 day supply (two weeks’ supply is optimal). Store in an airtight, waterproof container and rotate every three months. Single serving cans are easiest to store. Include a feeding dish, spoon and can opener.
Water: Minimum 3 day supply, recommended 7 day supply. Store in a cool, dark place. Collapsible water bowl and water purifying tablets are recommended.
Collar and tag and leash: A collar with up-to-date ID tag must be on your pet at all times (name, phone number, veterinarian’s phone number). Have an extra one in case of loss. Do not use choke collars for dog tags as they may get caught and choke your pet. A pet is less likely to slip out of a harness in stressful times. It is a good idea to microchip your pet for assured identification – keep the certificate and number at hand.
Animal First Aid Kit
|Towel and warm blanket: For sleeping, or as emergency transport
Tie out stake with sturdy line
Pet carrying case
Cleaning supplies: Liquid dish soap and paper towels for bowls.
Disinfectant for the cage or crate your pet will occupy if evacuated.
Small litter box and litter
Plastic poop bags
Pet boots: Protection in case your pet must walk long distances in or around broken glass or wood
These are available on the market, or make your own and include*:
Copy of all medical records:
- Pet first aid manual
- Roll cotton
- Cotton balls/gauze
- 1” white tape
- Elastic bandage wrap
- Antiseptic cream
- Eyewash/eye ointment
- Ear swabs
- Oral syringes
- Balanced electrolyte fluid
*check expiry dates on all medications
- Up-to-date prescription medicines your pet may take – include heartworm medication, flea tablets etc
- Plastic gloves
- Pet thermometer
- Emergency ice pack
Store in a plastic zip-lock bag. Keep your pet’s vaccinations current.
Take photos of you with your pet and write your coordinates on the back.
List of emergency contacts:
Names and numbers of friends and family that know your pet, including out of area contacts. Also include the coordinates of local animal rescue groups, animal shelters in your area and pet friendly motels and hotels.
An ounce of prevention, a pound of cure
In case of notification of an evacuation, try to evacuate your pets early, if possible. Responsible pet owners do not evacuate without their pets. Remember, your pet’s behaviour may change during and after an emergency or disaster. Even the friendliest animal may bite if it is hurt and in pain. Keep pets leashed and maintain close contact if possible. Talk to your neighbours and start a “buddy system” to check on one another’s pets during a crisis. Make or buy Pet Emergency Decals for the windows of your home to alert rescue personnel that there are animals inside that require assistance.
Emergency pet alert sticker:
In the event of an emergency please rescue the pets inside this home.
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