prepared to assess the situation. Use whatever
you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s
safety during an emergency. Depending on your circumstances and
the nature of the emergency the first important decision is whether
you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both
possibilities. Use common sense and the information you are learning
here to determine if there is immediate danger.
In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be
able to provide information on what is happening and what you should
do. However, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for
instructions. If you’re specifically told to evacuate, shelter-in-place or
seek medical treatment, do so immediately.
Create a plan to get away.
Plan how you will assemble your
pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take
your pets with you if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in
mind your animals may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate
lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in
your care. Consider family or friends willing to take in you and your
pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel
that takes pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary
hospital that is near an evacuation facility or your family’s meeting
place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facili-
ties in your area might be viable options for you and your pets.
Develop a buddy system.
Plan with neighbors, friends or
relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or
evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet
care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you
keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific
locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther
away, where you will meet in an emergency
Talk to your pet’s veterinarian
about emergency planning.
Discuss the types of things that you should
include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit.
Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals
in other cities where you might need to seek
temporary shelter. You should also consider
talking with your veterinarian about
permanent identification such as
microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact
information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery
database is essential to your being reunited with your pet.
Gather contact information for emergency animal
Make a list of contact information and addresses
of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society
or SPCA, and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of
these phone numbers with you and one in your pet’s emergency
supply kit. Obtain “Pets Inside” stickers and place them on your
doors or windows, including information on the number and types
of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers.
Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could
be reached in an emergency. And, if time permits, remember to
write the words “Evacuated with Pets” across the stickers, should
you flee with your pets.
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