Want to keep your pets safe during an emergency? June is National Pet
Preparedness month, so now’s the time to make sure that you—and your pets—will
be ready for anything.
Prepare a go-bag for your pets.
Getting emergency supplies to ensure your family’s safety is essential, but did you
ever consider making one for your pets, too? Keep your go-bags in a location that is
dry and easy to get to, and show everyone in your family where they are kept in
Don’t just toss any old thing into your pets’ go-bag. Think about what they will really need in an emergency, such as:
Pack canned or dry food, and avoid including any foods that need to be refrigerated
or frozen. Don’t forget a can opener!
Pack enough bottled water for your pets, as well as for each member of your family.
You can even refill used water jugs with tap water to bring along.
Be sure to bring along a disposable litter box with a scoop, as well as the kitty litter.
Dogs and cats can get scared—just like humans—and toys can really ease your pets’
Pack plenty of blankets and/or a pet bed to keep your pets warm and comfortable.
Leash or Carrier
Remember to bring a leash, harness, or carrier with you to keep your pets close.
Records and Medication
Keep copies of your pets’ veterinary records in your go-bag, as well as any
medication they may need. Be mindful of expiration dates, and check medication
every 3–4 months.
Other ways to prepare
An emergency plan that’s good for you is also good for your pets.
- Map out the route you will take in your area (or even inside your home)
during an emergency, and practice following your plan by carrying out test
runs with your family and your pet.
- Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home monthly, and
recharge your fire extinguisher once per year.
- Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will
send instant text alerts or emails to let you know about bad weather, road
closings, local emergencies, etc.
- Consider a microchip if you haven’t already. Microchips—about the size of a
grain of rice—allow veterinarians, rescuers, and animal shelters to identify
your pets and trace ownership back to you in the event of separation.
Disasters can happen anywhere, so make a plan in order to keep your loved ones