Emergency Checklist

    Protect Your Pet When Disaster Strikes

    When extreme weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances arise it is easy to panic. However, our furry companions depend on us in these times of need, and it is up to us as pet parents to keep them safe from harm. Here are a few easy-to-remember tips to help you and your furry friends stay prepared in the face of disaster.

    Emergency Checklist

    □ Identification — Your pet should always wear identification no matter what the circumstance, but it is especially important in times of crisis. Make sure your animal's tags are up-to-date with your current contact information.

  • Be sure your primary veterinary clinic has the correct phone number and address on file as well.
  • □ Equipment — A sturdy leash, harness, and, if applicable, muzzle are all must-haves during times of panic. A sturdy, plastic ventilated carrier is also needed. Be sure your name and phone number are on all the items.

    □ Supplies— Make sure to keep food and water bowls, litter, a litter box, and a 3-day supply of food and water on hand. Other supplies such as towels, blankets, newspapers, trash bags, and sanitizer will also come in handy.

    • A first aid kit and any medications your animal companion may need should also be packed and labelled appropriately.
    • Comfort items, such as toys, can help ease your furry friend's anxiety or boredom.

    □ Information— Important documents, such as medical records, photos, and medications, should be placed in a water-tight container. Also, include the contact information of your veterinarian, alternate caregiver, and/or relative in case you are unable to care for your pet.

    Important Tips to Remember:

    • Bring pets indoors and confine them to a small, comfortable area.
    • Check your evacuation route and plan your emergency shelter or accommodation arrangements in advance.
    • Remove any objects around your home or property that might become airborne in extreme weather conditions.

    If You Evacuate...

    • Bring all of your pets and ensure they are safely contained and wearing identification.
    • Take all of your emergency supplies with you (see checklist), including additional food and water.

    If You Are Not Home...

    • Pre-plan for a neighbor, friend, or family member to pick up your disaster supplies and your animals. Your pets should be familiar with them. Provide them with any additional emergency contact information and your veterinarian's contact information.
    • Agree on a safe place to meet.

    If You Shelter In Place...

    • Keep all pets indoors, preferrably in carriers and away from any windows.
    • Make sure they are wearing their current identification.

    After the Storm Has Passed...

    • Continue to keep pets safely confined.
    • Check your home, gates, and fences for any damage that could potentially allow animals to escape. Walk pets on a leash for the first few days after disaster has passed to ensure their safety.

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