Follow these 4 steps to make a successful emergency plan for your pet.
Step One: Preparing for natural disasters
Step Two: Make a Plan
- Medical care
- Food for all of your animals
Step Three: Assemble a Disaster Survival Kit
- A copy of your plan (also keep a copy in your car, or purse/briefcase in case you are not home when it happens)
- Books/guides on providing first aid to different types of animals
- Extra collars and leashes on hand, in case frightened pets get out of the ones theyâ€˜re wearing
- Extra dishes for food and water
- Canned food for dogs and cats, and be sure you have a manual can opener and plastic spoons, to get the food out
- A small litter box and a supply of cat litter would also be a good thing to have on hand, as well as a small supply of newspaper, in case you can’t take the dogs out to the bathroom
- Crates for each animal—pets are likely to become scared and disoriented, so once they are in a safe place, away from the disaster area, make sure they are crated so they will not bolt in fear from all the commotion.
- Plenty of bottles of water
- Several flashlights and batteries on hand, in case of power loss
- Blankets for both humans and animals, regardless of what region you live in
- Animal first aid kit and several pairs of gloves, in case you have to tend to a sick or injured pet, or human
- Your pet’s Medical Records. High-tech collars, such as those powered by PetHub, link to an online profile for your pet and store critical medical information that is easy to access. If you own a PetHub Digital Pet ID Tag, make sure your pet’s profile is up-to-date. If not, consider purchasing one. It is a powerful tag that can make a big difference in keeping your pet safe.
- A written list of local and national pet safety/shelter/rescue organizations
Step Four: Have a Plan B
- Current ID tags—especially ones like the Digital Pet ID Tags from PetHub—are terrific for identifying your pets in times of disaster. Unlike the traditional tag that has only one phone number etched on it, the PetHub tag can house tons of critical information about your pet, including a list of multiple contact points in case you don’t have your own phone with you due to the crisis at hand.
- Have a wallet card linking to your pet's information and emergency contacts in case you are injured and they're still at home
- Keep your PetHub profile updated, and remember to change information if you have to move to a new location due to the disaster.
- Upload multiple, clear face shots of your pet, as well as full body shots (especially if your pet has special markings) to your pet’s profile
- Always have a collar with an updated tag on your pet—disasters don’t work on a schedule, they can happen at any time
- Once your kit is as well prepared as possible, sit down with each of your family members to go over the plan. Discuss where your pets would be most likely to hide in the event of an emergency situation and determine someone who would be willing to provide temporary shelter for your pet should you need to go to an emergency shelter that does not allow pets.Have pictures of your pet in your disaster kit that you can show to first responders and rescue workers, as well as neighbors
- Consider getting pet insurance, especially Emergency Medical Coverage that covers injuries that might occur should your pet run away during the disaster. These insurance policies greatly increase the chance your pet will get immediate care should they be injured and then found by a Good Samaritan. (Check out top providers Trupanion and Fetch).