Disaster Supply Checklist For Pets
When you are thinking about being prepared for a disaster, don’t forget to plan for your pets, too. Stock up on non-perishables well ahead of time and have everything ready to go at a moment’s notice. Keep everything accessible, stored in sturdy containers (backpack, covered plastic containers, etc.) that can be carried easily.
Your disaster kit should include:
- Medications, medical records and a first aid kit stored in a waterproof container.
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down.
- Pet bed, blankets or towels for bedding and warmth.
- Current photos of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated and to prove that they are yours.
- Food and water for at least 3 days for each pet, bowls, cat litter and litter box, and a manual can opener.
- Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets.
- Favorite toys to reduce stress.
- Other useful items include newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and grooming items.
Why You Need To Be Prepared
If You Evacuate, Take Your Pets
It is imperative that you make preparations to evacuate your family and your pets in any situation. In the event of a disaster, proper preparation will pay off with the safety of your family and pets.
Here are some emergency tips.
- The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets if you evacuate is to take them with you. If it’s not safe for you to stay in the disaster area, it’s not safe for your pets. Animals left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost, or killed. Animals turned loose to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, or accidents.
- If you leave, even if you think you may be gone only for a few hours, take your animals. Once you leave your home, you have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able to go back for your pets.
- Leave early—don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets. If you wait to be evacuated by emergency officials, you may be told to leave your pets behind.
Note: This information has been provided by The Humane Society of the United States. For more information and the complete guide, view Disaster Preparedness For Pets.