Rescued DogMany families spend time working on a “plan” to keep the family safe should disaster strike but all too often, those plans don’t include the most vulnerable members of the household – The family pets! Have you put together a plan to keep your pets safe in the event of a natural disaster? If not, keep reading for some important information.

You should begin your plan of action by compiling this list:

  1. Your vet’s contact information including name, phone number and address.  Your nearest relative’s contact information (list more than one).
  2. Your pet’s medical history, including vaccination records.
  3. Rabies license number.
  4. Microchip identification number and the microchipping company’s contact information.
  5. Local hotels, motels and shelters that allow pets, and ones that will let your pet stay during an emergency.
  6. Pet Kennels/Boarding Facilities that can take pets in during times of disaster.
  7. Names, addresses and phone numbers of nearby friends and relatives that are willing to assist you with your pets during an emergency.

The Disaster Pack /First Aid KitCat in Crate

  • a leash
  • collapsible bowl
  • brush/comb
  • emergency sedatives
  • up to date photos of your pet
  • food and/or treats
  • self-cling bandage
  • muzzle
  • gauze
  • bandages
  • alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • latex gloves
  • eye wash
  • scissors
  • cold pack
  • bulb syringe
  • Benadryl
  • blanket
  • rectal thermometer
  • towels
  • pet Carrier that can be easily accessed during a quick exit
  • disposable litter box with litter

Keep all of your emergency materials together, including the list. Make sure all family members, as well as your emergency contacts, know where you keep the list and supplies in the event you are not at home when disaster strikes.

Hopefully you’ll never have the need to put your emergency plan in place, but it will give you great peace of mind to know your furry family members are taken care of if the need arises!

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