We all lead busy lives, but it pays to be prepared! An emergency or natural disaster can happen anytime. The safety of our pets is a top priority, and planning ahead is the key to their safety. Here are five Emergency Apps that are essential for you and your pet’s well-being in the case of an emergency situation.
5 Emergency Apps that you need for your pet’s safety
American Red Cross App:
American Red Cross has a multitude of free and low-cost apps that are available to download for Android and IOS. They have apps for pet first-aid and an emergency app that will send alert updates in the event of a natural disaster in your area.
The Weather Channel App:
The Weather Channel app is free to download for Android and IOS. This app gives up to the minute weather, alerts, and has a tracking radar. Also, there is an additional Storm Radar app which has advanced tracking capabilities.
The FEMA app is available to download on Android and IOS. This app has national weather service alerts, natural disaster tips, and open shelter location category. Another unique feature is the ability to upload photos to assist emergency responders on a location of crisis.
CalFire Ready for Wildfire App:
CalFire has a free app for IOS and Android. The app has a library of resources in regards to wildfire prevention, active alerts, and a live fire map.
Bring Fido App-
Bring Fido is an app that can assist with pet-friendly hotels, lodging, and other resources. This could be helpful in an event of an evacuation and you need to locate a safe and pet-friendly hotel for you and your pet to stay.
In addition to updating your phone apps, make sure you “have the closest pet ER Hospital and address saved in your phone contacts”, according to Aubrey, one of Trupanion’s on staff vet technician and claims specialist. This can also be helpful when traveling with your pet. “If you have local info saved in your phone, you don’t have to scramble in case of an actual emergency. It’s beneficial if you are unfamiliar with an area.”
“The American Red Cross App is nice because you can load your vet’s phone number into the app”, states Aubrey.
Also having a PDF copy of your pet’s records on your phone can be useful in your email inbox. There are apps you can download to safeguard those documents as well.
An emergency or a natural disaster is unpredictable and can happen at any time. If you have the tools needs to prepare, it can assist in keeping your pet safe and giving you peace of mind in an already stressful situation.