“OMG! It’s the Big One! Everybody out!”
In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in them being injured, lost, or worse.
Whether it is an earthquake, home fire, flood, mud slide or high winds, prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.
If you read my Tuesday article, Hey, San Jose, is your pet prepared for the “Big One?” you know that local and state health and safety regulations do not allow you to take your pet into a disaster shelter. This means that YOU are solely responsible for their safety and welfare.
That’s right, you. You alone.
But you are following the Tuesday article’s advice on how to prepare for an earthquake or any disaster that might befall you, your family and your beloved dog (house fire, flood, etc.), you stand ready to face the real possibility of having to evacuate your home – with your pets – for an extended period of time.
The last thing on Tuesday’s list ‘how to prepare your pet for a disaster’ was: Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit. The following lists suggested items that you should include in your kit, courtesy of the San Jose Animal Care & Services and the American Red Cross.
Assemble your Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit
Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, you’ll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (a duffle bag or covered trash containers, for example). Your pet disaster supplies kit should include the following basics:
• Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.
• Your veterinarian name and telephone number. • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can’t escape.
• Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
• Food, potable water (three day minimum!), bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.
• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems in case you have to foster or board your pets.
• Pet bed or toys if easily transportable. • Alternate Contact information (family or friends who you contact after an emergency)
To help you prepare your family for the “Big One,”or any other disasters, contact your local Red Cross to take classes in First Aid, (Adult/Child and Pet), prepping for Disaster and more. For a list of local classes, please visit: Silicon Valley Red Cross
The Silicon Valley Chapter is located at:
American Red Cross
2731 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95134
Be pet prepared!
For more related DawgHugger articles on protecting your family pet, please visit:
> Preparing your pets for home disaster
> Buidling your Doggie First Aid Kit
> Beyond Doggie First aid: Know your closest after-hours Pet Emergency Room
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