When it comes to natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods, it's essential to have a plan for yourself, your family, and even your pets. In some cases, being prepared can ensure the safety and livelihood of your pets. Below is a checklist to help keep your pets safe during a natural disaster.
- Consider microchipping your pets and update the information, including your name, address, phone number, and additional phone numbers
- Keep a collar on your pets with ID tags on them
- Compile a list of pet friendly hotels along the evacuation route
- Compile a list of animal hospitals and numbers along the evacuation route
- Find out which friends or relatives can care for your pets in case of an emergency
- Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date
- If possible, take animal first-aid classes
It's also important to assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for your pet. Keep the below items in a sturdy, waterproof container that can be easily carried.
- Medications, copies of medical records, written information about pets' feeding schedules, behaviors, and medical conditions
- Food and water bowls
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers
- First aid kit
- Current photos of your pets or of you with your pets
- If possible, pet bed and toys
- Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop
- Garbage bags
- Paper towels
- Pet-friendly cleaner
Lastly, when preparing for natural disasters, it's best to have an emergency action plan. Practice your disaster readiness by doing drills, which should include your pets.