May 13th is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Are you prepared in case of an emergency or disaster evacuation event?

Here are some guidelines to follow:

The Pet Emergency Go-Kit should be labeled and stored in an easy to reach place. Kit should include the following:

  • Basic first aid supplies and first aid book
  • A 5-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container. Manual can opener. Food/water bowls. Birds – special food dispenser that regulates amount of food fed.
  • Safety harness/collar and a strong leash. Carriers to transport – lined with blankets/towels. Or pillowcases for cats will work for an emergency evacuation
  • Waste clean-up supplies
  • Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
  • List of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues
  • Comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable
  • Cat care – Litter box, litter, litter scoop, trash bags for pet’s waste

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recommends the following additional Tips to Help Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency:

  • Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date. Current photos.
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  • Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
  • Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
  • If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. Alfred A. Montapert