Did you know that June is National Pet Preparedness Month? This is the perfect time make plans to secure your pet’s safety in an emergency.
Ironically, as I started dictating this blog post to my human mommy/blogging assistant earlier this week, we were just starting to feel the first rain bands from Tropical Storm Cindy. What? You thought I typed my own posts? Are you kidding? I don’t even hold my own umbrella. I have humans who do those sorts of things for me. But back to preparing for your pet’s safety.
Last fall I shared the items that we make sure to stock for dogs and humans during hurricane season. (You can click here to refresh your memory.) Our friends at Hill’s Pet have put together 7 Tips to Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency:
- Prepare an “Emergency Grab-and-Go Kit” that is easily accessible in an emergency. The kit should include basic first aid supplies; a three-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container, bottled water, and bowls; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; and comfort items such as a blanket or favorite toy to keep your pet calm and comfortable.
- Use a microchip or collar ID with up-to-date contact information.
- Put a pet-rescue decal on the door or window so first responders know a pet may be inside.
- Know where to look for your pet if they’re afraid so that you can evacuate faster.
- Have a pet-friendly place in mind to go in case you have to leave your home.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- Take a pet carrier or crate with you for transportation and safe keeping.
Making a plan now could be the difference between life and death when disaster strikes . . . and you can sleep just as soundly as Tallulah knowing that you’ve prepared. Fortunately, what is now former Tropical Storm Cindy hasn’t been much of an issue for us so far. But it’s nice to know that when something more serious does happen, we’ll be ready. Will you?