Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Pets

While some homeowners have a natural disaster preparedness plan for their homes and family, many don’t include their pets in their plans. Should a natural disaster occur, it’s important for you and your family to know exactly how to help and transport your pets in an evacuation. Here’s a look at preparing for natural disasters when you have pets:

Create a Pet Travel Kit

First, you should create a pet travel kit or pet emergency kit. It should include food and water, as well as any medication your pet is on. You should also include a pet first aid kit, a harness or leash, toys and treats, and a blanket or other warm bedding. Put the kit inside a bag or crate that can comfortably fit your pet and that will be easy to carry on foot or via car. 

Get Your Pet Microchipped

If your pet escapes during a storm, a microchip might be the only way to guarantee he comes back home to you. A pet’s collar can easily come off if a pet is trapped or trying to escape. A microchip is the fastest and most dependable way to ensure that you’ll be identified as your pet’s owner if you become separated. 

Find a Trusted Place for Your Pet 

In the event you need to evacuate to a shelter that can’t accept animals, make sure you have a trusted place outside of the evacuation area who can care for your pets. An ideal place for your pet is with a long-time friend or family member who is familiar with your pets and knows how to care for them. This friend or family member should live far enough outside the evacuation area that your pets will be safe, but close enough that you can get your pets safely there during an evacuation. 

For further advice on making sure you’re ready to transport and care for your pets in the event of a natural disaster, consult with your veterinarian.

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