How to Prepare for Natural Disasters with Pets
It’s not every day we hear that a natural disaster is approaching, but when it does, what are you going to grab first? We often have prepared a mental checklist for family members and other items, like pictures and small valuables, but rarely do we have a contingency plan for our pets. Leaving your pet behind does not need to be an option! During natural disasters, if your pet is left alone or abandoned, those that survive can develop traumatic disorders that can affect them for the rest of their lives. With recent natural disasters occurring throughout the world, we’d like to share some tips on how to prepare your pet for any unexpected events.
Whether it is a massive storm, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or fire, you want to be as prepared as you can be before the event occurs. We never know how much we should plan for them, but it is important to have formulated an evacuation plan for your pet as well. With the limited amount of time to leave your house, it’ll cause a lot of panic and anxiety. Having a set plan will ease the situation, so let’s get started!
First thing’s first - Crate
Crates are great for easy transportation and is the most secure way to keep your pet in one place. In addition to making life easier for you, it will make them feel safe and secure. If you have two pets, whether they are both of the same species or not, it is not recommended to keep them in the same crate.
Prepare an emergency kit.
Just because you have your family’s emergency kit ready, doesn’t mean that it covers your pet’s needs as well. You’re going to prepare one for them too! Here are some items to include:
- Water bottles
- Dry pet food or wet canned food
- Their favorite treats
- Blanket, small bedding
- Harness & leash when applicable
Be sure to have your pet’s identification tags.
Is your pet wearing a collar and an identification tag? If you and your pet are separated, wearing a collar immediately signal rescuers that they are lost pets, not strays.
Is your pet microchipped? If your pet is ever found, there is a higher chance of them being returned to you if they have a microchip. Your phone number and name will be in the database and you will be contacted if your pet has been found.
Keep a recent photo of your pet.
If your pet is ever lost, a recent photo will help others identify them. You can use the photo as a reference as you searching for them, or create missing pet flyers.