The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is attempting to inform animal and pet owners about the need to be prepared for emergency situations. Pet owners need to be adequately prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster, and June is National Disaster Preparedness Month for Animals – this is the perfect time for pet owners to prepare for a national disaster.
What would you do if you needed to quickly evacuate your home for several days?
#1 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Get the pets into the car when it’s time to evacuate. Have carriers, leashes, and anything else they might need together in an accessible area.
#2 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Know where you will stay ahead of time. Do you know which motels/hotels allow pets? Decide ahead of time where you will go and which route you will take.
#3 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Have photos and descriptions of your pets ready. What if one of your pets escapes? Have photos ready to show to emergency workers. Better yet, get microchips for them.
#4 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Have food and medications prepared. You will need to be able to tell emergency workers what to feed your pets and when to give them medications.
#5 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: What if you are not at home when it’s time to evacuate? Discuss with neighbors a plan to evacuate your pets and, if possible, place stickers on your windows so emergency workers know there are pets inside your house.
#6 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Bring your pets indoors as soon as a problem arises. Listen for instructions and keep them under control until you know what is going on; be ready to evacuate at any time.
#7 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Designate a room as the “safe room”. This will probably be a basement or a room in the middle of the house. Place emergency supplies in this room when (or before) disaster strikes, as well as your pet’s supplies and newspapers or items to clean up his waste.
#8 Tip for National Disaster Preparedness: Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. If you have large animals or pets, begin evacuating them immediately, as well as yourself.
Animals are completely dependent on people, and they count on us to take care of them in case of an emergency. And disasters can happen anywhere, at any time. Whether you own a cat, a dog, horses, or livestock, care enough about them to get prepared in June during National Disaster Preparedness Month for Animals.