National Preparedness Month – September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

I received the following newsletter from a client and thought it was full of so much good information that I have decided to share it with you.

September is National Preparedness Month, and 2011 is certainly proving to us all the importance of being prepared for the worst. As pet owners, we have our furry friends depending on us to care for them through good times and bad. Do you have an emergency evacuation kit for your pets? If so, good for you! Take this time to double-check your kit and make sure everything is up to date. If you don’t have a kit, now is the time to make one and here’s how to do it.

First take care of yourself, YOU are the most important resource your pet has, and if you’re not okay, you won’t be able to take care of anyone. So make sure you have a human disaster kit prepared with enough supplies to last 3 days.

Make a plan for where you and your pet would go if needed to evacuate. Human emergency shelters most often cannot take pets, so plan ahead with family, friends, vets, or pet sitter who could provide emergency shelter. Arrange with a neighbor or someone nearby to evacuate your pet in case you are away from home or unable to do so. Do not leave your pets to fend for themselves-over 90% of animals left behind in an evacuation area do not survive.

Your pets can’t tell anyone who they are or where they live, so they should wear identification at all times in case they become lost. Better you, microchip IDS will still be there if your pet loses his collar. Include photos and medical records in your evacuation kit as well.

You will need some way to transport your pets. Carriers or crates are best, especially for cats, Let’s face it, most cats don’t enjoy traveling, and the chaos of an evacuation would be enough to stress even the most intrepid wayfarer. Be sure the carrier or crate will fit in your vehicle and is easy for you to manage.

Your pets’ emergency kit should include food, water, and medicines for at least 3 days. You should check these items regularly for freshness. You’ll also need sanitation supplies such as litter, a litter box, paper towels, disinfectant, etc to clean up after your pets. When preparing your kits, remember to keep it small and lightweight, so you can move it easily. If you have room include a few comfort items to help your pet distress during evacuation, such as toys, treat, even a small scratcher. Check for items to complete your emergency evacuation kit.

Planning for an emergency is no fun, but I think that being caught in an emergency unprepared would be even worse. So get prepared-if you ever need it, you’ll be so glad you did.

I thank our client for reminding us that hurricane season is right in the middle and Irene certainly reminded us what a hurricane is like. We were very fortunate and had little damage, but who knows what next time will be. Be Prepared!

Joan, Jill and Ashley

Entry filed under: Monthly Newsletter.

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