MemorialCare Disaster VAT
Animals are people too. Well, not exactly. But to those of us with beloved pets, they may as well be people. They are certainly valuable members of our families. And in the event of a disaster, we want to ensure their safety like the rest of our family. Whether we are taking them with us as we evacuate our homes, or leaving them behind if we absolutely must, we want to know they will be as safe and comfortable as possible. Taking action to prepare for our pets during a disaster will significantly increase their safety when disaster strikes.
Following a major disaster, you may be forced to evacuate your home or neighborhood, taking your pets with you. Or you may need to shelter in place at your home, protecting your family and pets from the hazards outside. Or, in a worst-case scenario, you may be forced to evacuate, but leave your pets behind. No matter what happens, you want to know your pets are safe for the duration of the emergency.
As we discussed earlier in this series for our human family members, having a kit of prepared supplies that can be quickly taken with you will allow you to evacuate efficiently without forgetting essential supplies. Following are items you should include in your pet evacuation kit:
As discussed in previous issues, during a disaster the resources and services we rely on daily may not be available for hours or days. Emergency services, utilities (water, power), and grocery and pet stores may all be unavailable. Supplement your pet evacuation kit above with additional food and water in your home.
You don’t want to do it, but the nature of the emergency may simply make evacuating with your pet impossible or unsafe. You may have to leave them at home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps now to maximize their safety and improve the chances of their rescue. Create a checklist with the following steps you can take as you evacuate your home:
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