An emergency can strike at any time. A natural disaster can happen with little to no notice. The aftermath of these events can be catastrophic. A pet emergency plan can provide stability, structure, and peace of mind for the unexpected. Read on to learn how to create a pet emergency plan with your best friend in mind.
Pet emergency plan: a guide for the entire family
Contact your local shelters. Find out which shelters accept pets and store their contact information. Prepare an evacuation route. Invest in a map, with various stops that include food, gas, rest stops and lodging on the route. Establish emergency contacts in case evacuation is imminent. Additionally, create a list of pet-friendly hotels, lodging and family/friends in the area that are on your planned evacuation route.
Prepare a pet emergency kit
If a bag is already packed that will alleviate stress during a high-stress time period. Commonly called a “go bag”, keep your pet emergency bag in an accessible location such as the car, near your front door, or even at your workplace. Items to include in your emergency kit include bedding, food, water, medications, pet records and contact information. In essence, you want to have the ability to “grab and go” while taking care of your pet.
Just as swiftly as a disaster can occur it can in an instant change in speed, direction, or velocity. Stay informed via news outlets and professional sources so you can have up to the minute news. Download pet emergency apps and news alerts on your phone so that can alert you. Store contact information for lodging and shelters on paper and phone, and always have a backup plan.
Pet emergency plan: a plan with all family members in mind
If you establish your contact list, stay informed, and prepare a kit you are preparing to provide safety, comfort, and security for your human and furry family members.
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