Living in upstate New York, we don’t usually have to deal with hurricanes or tornados. However, we have been at the mercy of both floods and blizzards which got us thinking about disaster preparedness.
If you leave your pet behind during a natural disaster they could get lost, injured, or worse. Instead, you should create a plan for them to come with you.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:
- Finding out which shelters, hotels, and boarding facilities allow pets - contrary to popular belief, hotels are NOT legally obligated to accept animals during a natural disaster
- Making sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations and having physical copies of those records ready to go
- Getting your pet microchipped and updating your contact information with the microchip company whenever it changes
Also consider putting together a pet "to-go" kit consisting of:
- Three days' worth of canned food and bottled water for your pet
- A copy of your pet's medical records and any necessary medication they may need
- Important documents
- A pet first aid kit and other medical supplies (ex. bandages,
- A leash and a collar or harness that contains your pet's ID tag and rabies tag
- Cleaning and other hygiene supplies, such as litter boxes, poop bags, and potty pads
- A photo of you and your pet that clearly shows his or her markings and size
We truly hope you'll never actually need to utilize your "to-go" kit but life is what happens when you're busy making other plans!
For more information regarding creating a disaster plan, check out this American Red Cross resource.