Preparing For a Natural Disaster - Tips for Pet Owners
Sometimes natural disasters can force us from our homes. Wildfires, floods, tornados, and other
events may require us to evacuate, and sometimes with little notice. Those of us with pets can put
together a bag for these types of emergencies - a bag that's well stocked with what our pets would
need, and easy to grab on the way out the door. Here are some items to include in an
emergency kits for pets.
- Blank writeable ID tag. Your pet should always be
wearing ID (with up-to-date contact
information), but keep a blank tag available too - the type which you can write on. If you won't
be reachable at the phone numbers listed on your pet's permanent ID, use the blank tag to put the
temporary number where you can be reached. A small luggage tag can work in a pinch.
- Vaccination records and recent photo for each pet. Boarding facilities
will ask for vaccination records. Even if you don't intend to board your pet during an emergency,
you just never know if it will become a necessity. A recent photo is good for identification
purposes in case your pet gets lost.
- Cleaning supplies. Bowls and crates should be regularly cleaned. Also
bring poop bags and/or kitty
litter box, plus paper towels for general clean-up. Keeping several
disposable litter boxes
by the door can be handy in an emergency. Don't forget the litter
and the scoop!
- A list of pet-friendly places to stay. Keep the phone numbers of
friends or family who would be willing to house you and your pets during an emergency. Also keep
a list of pet-friendly hotels and accommodations in both
your local area as well as nearby towns or cities. Check pet
policies to help ensure your pet will be permitted. Call ahead as early as you can to secure
All of these supplies make up your pet emergency kit. Place everything in a bag by
the door where it is easy to grab on the way out. Keep your pets with you if you have
to evacuate - don't leave them behind! They are safest with you.
"My dog, she looks at me sometimes with that look, and I think maybe deep down inside she must know
exactly how I feel. But then maybe she just wants the food off my plate." (Unknown Source)