7 Tips to Protect Your Pet During a Natural Disaster
Natural disasters, like wildfires and landslides, can strike at any time which is why it’s critical to be prepared. These 7 simple, but important steps will help protect your pet during a natural disaster whether you stay home or if you need to evacuate your home with your cat or dog.
Here are 7 tips to protect your pet during a natural disaster:
Microchip or Collar ID
Ensure your pet has either a microchip or a collar id or both and be sure your contact information is updated.
Prepare Emergency Supplies
Prepare an emergency box of supplies that is readily available. Emergency kits should include:
- Good, current photo ID of your cat or dog
- First aid supplies & guide book
- 3-day supply of cat or dog food in a waterproof container
- Bottled water
- 2 bowls for pet food and water
- Safety harness and/or leash
- Waste clean-up supplies
- Medications and medical records (vaccination records)
- Contact list / information of veterinarian and pet care organizations
- Contact information for you (name, phone, address)
Store Emergency Supplies Near Exit
Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry.
Display a Pet Rescue Decal on Your Front Door
Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a cat or dog in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information, as well as your own.
Have a Pet Carrier or Crate
If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transporting your pet and keeping them safe.
Arrange a Safe Haven
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of an evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards.
Choose “Designated Caregivers”
When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.
If you are a Karla’s Pet Care client, we provide “In Case Of Emergency” cards that our clients can put in their wallets that say to call us if the clients are unable to get to their pets.
If you plan properly, you and your pets have a better chance of escaping a natural disaster should one hit.