There has been a lot of weather disaster days for many parts of the country this year. Here in the Midwest, where Parnell Living Science is located, unfortunately some are dealing with tornado clean ups and unprecedented flooding. June’s National Pet Preparedness Month is a great time to convey the message from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): don’t forget to include your pets in your family’s emergency plans.
Here are some recommendations for #PetPreparedness.
If you prepare, you are aware. As you go through emergency planning with your family, be sure someone oversees the dogs, cats or other pets that live in your house. What is in your “go bag?” Take food for yourself, your family and your pets.
Pet items you should have in your safe place, or ready to take with you, in case of emergencies include:
- Medicines, if needed
- Collar with ID tag and harness and/or leash.
- Crate or pet carrier
- Litter box (for cats)
- A picture of you and your pet (should you get separated)
- Familiar items
Obviously, thinking ahead pays off. Be sure to include all family members. It’s important everyone knows the plan. Anticipate where you will go. Then come up with a back-up plan. Develop a buddy system with your pets in mind.
FEMA also recommends having your pet information gathered in one place. This is a perfect opportunity to remind you of our FREE downloadable “My Pet Emergency Info Sheet” available to you. This is one page you fill out prior to any emergency. Download and fill it out.
You never know what emergency might happen. In our case, our dog was bitten by a rattlesnake. If this would have been filled out, we would have known where to go. Here is a recent blog we where we discussed this.
Bring something with you to listen to the news on. Whether that be a television, portable radio, your phone or other device that would work if there was no electricity. You may also want to visit www.ready.gov for more ways you can be prepared for emergencies.
You should already have a plan in case of emergency. Then a back-up plan, to that plan, in case it is no longer valid. Develop a buddy system with you and your neighbors, friends and relatives, to be sure everyone knows you are all ok. If you are traveling with your pet, don’t forget to bring a few emergency items for them too.
No matter what, take the time to go through this exercise of filling out our “My Pet Emergency Info Sheet” to have all the important information you need at your fingertips. This is a good form to have when traveling by air or car, and to leave with a pet sitter while you go out of town.
The FEMA tagline is so true: Get Ready Now. So what are you waiting for? Act now! What's in your plan?