Pets and Emergency Preparedness

A friend sent me this Emergency Preparedness Checklist for pets. With a severe thunderstorm warning crossing the TV screen and pouring rain outside, I thought it worthwhile sharing.

Evacuation Checklist for Pet Owners

With hurricane season upon us, wild fires raging and floods in
various areas of the country, plus warnings of earthquakes that
are overdue, we need to create a pet disaster kit and keep it
ready in an easy-to-reach place should the unthinkable happen to
us.  Following are some of the items to include.  Of course, we
need to rotate some of them with our daily supply in order to
keep them fresh.

  • Pet medications and medical records, stored in a waterproof
  • container
  • Information sheets on pets’ feeding schedules, any medical
  • conditions and/or behavior problems, also stored in the water-
  • proof container
  • First-aid kit and book in case of injuries and you can’t get
  • to a veterinarian
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets
  • Up-to-date photographs and descriptions of pets
  • Food and water for at least three days for each pet, bowls and
  • a manual can opener
  • Cat litter and litterbox
  • The names and numbers of pets’ veterinarians
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily included, to reduce stress
  • Other useful items, such as newspapers, paper towels, plastic
  • trash bags, grooming items, hand or baby wipes, and household
  • bleach or other cleaning solutions
  • The name of a family member or friend who can assist should
  • you become incapacitated yourself

~ Based on an article by Lori Leuchtefeld in PET PRODUCT NEWS,
July 2006 edition

© 2006 Susan Pruden.

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