INCLUDE THE DOG IN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, but we keep disaster preparedness top of mind all year round. We make sure to include the dogs in our disaster preparedness plan. I always have a Pet Emergency Go Kit ready for our dogs, Icy and Phoebe.

Some of the disasters that can cause your family and pets to evacuate with very little notice are:

πŸ”₯ Wildfires
πŸ’¨Tornados
πŸ₯ Hurricanes
πŸ’§  Floods
🌐 Earthquakes
☠  Caronavirus

Disasters and Emergencies often strike with very little notice. You don't want to be scrambling around, grabbing supplies needed for evacuation when you're stressed and panicked! 

INCLUDE THE DOG IN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS 


Don't wait to start preparing for a potential disaster or emergency situation, prepare an emergency supply kit now so you and your dog can be ready to GO at a moment's notice!

HOW TO PLAN FOR EMERGENCY EVACUATION WITH YOUR DOG


Sadly, many pets are lost during natural disasters and are never reunited with their owners. A microchip links you to your pet permanently. Any Veterinarian or animal shelter can scan your dog or cat for a microchip and help reunite you. Please get your dog or cat microchipped Now, before disaster strikes. 


CREATE A PET EMERGENCY GO BAG


It's important to have the essential items needed for your dog in case you have to leave your home immediately due to a natural disaster or other emergency. 

These essential items should be packed well in advance, and be accessible so you can grab them and Go at a moment's notice. In an emergency situation, you don't want to waste time having to think about all the pet supplies you'll need, search the house for them, and find something to pack them in.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS YOU NEED FOR A PET EMERGENCY GO BAG


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  SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR A PET EMERGENCY GO BAG


3-5 days of water and dog food in airtight containers, food and water bowls
 Medications and supplements
 Pet carrier or crate
 Dog's Rabies certification, other medical documents, and ownership documentation
 Extra Leash (and Harness if you use one)
 First aid kit
 Blanket or towel
 Comfort toy, chew sticks/treats to help dogs stay calm
 Plenty of dog waste bags
 Clear Photos of your dog in case she gets lost 
 Paper towels, pet wipes, plastic ziplock bags for cleanup

In addition to these essential dog supplies, you should have a flashlight in case the power goes out.  You should have some cash with you as well. When the power grid fails merchants often revert to cash only business. Gas, food and lodging along your evacuation route may require cash. During the 2003 blackout in New York City, it was really disconcerting to be unexpectedly stranded in the city and unable to use a credit card for anything until power was restored! Face masks and gloves for COVID19 protection are also important supplies to have with you.

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Prepare your dog's Pet Emergency Go Bag now and store it within easy reach. Check the bag a couple of times a year to ensure food, treats and first aid items haven't expired. When supplies in my dogs emergency go bag get close to expiration, I replace them. 

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We have never had an emergency evacuation, but we recently moved to Florida which is hurricane territory. As soon as we moved, I was even more diligent about preparing a pet emergency go bag for my dogs.

ADVANCE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANNING


πŸŸ† Never leave your dog at home if you are evacuating! Plan to take her with you. If it's not safe for you to stay in your home, it's certainly not safe for your dog to stay there. Don't assume that "someone" will find your dog and take care of her. Odds are they won't. She'll be left alone and frightened, trying to fend for herself. You can't be sure when you'll return.

πŸŸ† Search now for public shelters (school, stadium, etc.) in your area and hotels that accept pets, or have a plan of where else you will go with your pets such as a family or friend's house outside your own city or state.

πŸŸ† If you think a mandatory evacuation order is coming leave your home Early, don't wait. Restrictions may increase as an evacuation progresses. You may also get shut out of pet friendly shelters and lodging options. Don't wait until the last minute. 

The U.S. Government has put together a guide on how to plan for an emergencies and disasters. It includes information on how to create a plan and what should be in your family emergency kit.

The website also has additional information on how to prepare your pets for disaster.

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9 comments:

Michelle & The Paw Pack said...

Shared via Twitter. I especially learned the cash thing the hard way. Way back when, we got hit hard by hurricane Sandy and went over a week without power. No one could take credit and we hadn't thought ahead to keep out any cash. That was stressful! I keep an emergency kit in the trunk of my car, for both us humans and all our pets. I do what you do and once in awhile go through my kit and replace anything that's close to expiring.

LaylasWoof said...

It is so so so important to be prepared, the minute I moved to San Francisco it was one of the first things I did, prepare a bag with everyone for Layla plus me, I check it once a year and it is easy access. Great reminder

Impurrfectlife said...

This is a great resource for emergency preparedness. Love the pin too! And remembering to bring cash is one think most will forget. I know often times we have no cash just card. The backpacks are the perfect place to keep all the essentials! Sharing!

Robin said...

We do have an emergency go bag, but we really do have to take a look at it and replace some items. Thank you for the reminder that it is that time of year again! We don't have a lot of natural disasters up here in Michigan, but it is good to be prepared just in case.

Beth said...

Although we live in an area that has low risk of natural disasters, man made disasters can occur anywhere. We have a pet emergency go bag for all our pets.

Terri said...

Excellent information! I have been wanting to put together an emergency bag or at least a list and now I have it, thanks to you! This is perfect!

Dash Kitten Crew said...

Having 'go to' materials for dogs, cats and other pets is a vital essential and a prompt is so timely.

I am glad the Government is involved in providing information because it is too easy to get worried and overwhelmed with what you have to do. Having a bag ready is just th best idea. Thank you.

Nikki said...

I always forget to restock the "poopy bags" in our emergency kit! Thank you for the reminder and the excellent breakdown on this post!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Now that you've moved to Florida, it's extremely important that you are prepared for emergencies especially during hurricane season. Thank you for sharing what's important to have in a pet emergency bag.

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