Does your family have a plan for your pets in case of disaster?
At any moment a disaster could strike. We are never completely sure what will happen, or how terrible it could be. We may be out of water, power, or even without shelter for days on end. How will you and your family deal with a disaster. Do you have a plan for your family?
Sure everyone has a plan to keep their families safe, we keep flashlights beside the bed in case the electricity goes out, and we have blankets available for the nights with no heat. Most people forget about the needs of the families best friend or even “adopted” child; the family pet. When a disaster strikes we mustn’t forget our pets; they have needs too. Today we will hear from Susie Anderson, a volunteer the Humane Society. She strives to place animals with families, save abused animals, and keep animals safe daily. “I don’t know about you, but my animals are my children, I couldn’t imagine life without them, it’s out duty to protect them like they protect us” Says Susie.
Creating a disaster kit for animals is an import part of owning a pet. Susie has a list of vital supplies to share with us. This list is a national list compiled by the United States Humane Society. A basic kit includes the following: food and water for at least five days, medications and medical records, cat box and litter, leash and harness, carrier, current photos of you with your pet for identification, pet bed and toys, as well as a list of medical conditions or special treatments required. This list of basic items will help your pet feel more secure in a disastrous situation, as well as potentially save his/her life.
“Many families create plans for their children to follow, and assume their pets will be alright, sometimes this isn’t the case, especially if your pet needs special care, it’s vital to have a kit prepared and a plan including your pet.” For a more in-depth list as well as reasons for these basic items please visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/disaster/disaster_kit_checklist.pdf to print of a check list for your pet.
We can’t always be prepared for everything, but we can be prepared the best we can. Having these basic items can help keep the protector of your family alive, calm, and safe. You wouldn’t risk leaving your children without food, water, or protection during a disaster; why would you leave your pet?