Sit down with all the members o yourhousehold — today — and make a writtenFamily Disaster Plan. Include step-by-steparrangements or leaving your property i theneed occurs, alternate evacuation routes andmeeting places, as well as your EmergencyContact List. Decide whatto include in a Pet SurvivalKit — and where you’llkeep it. Your local RedCross or EmergencyManagement departmentcan help you create arealistic plan. Most impor-tantly, you need to planin advance, practice yourplan, and keep it updated!You might think,
“It won’t happen to me,”
but it can. When disaster strikes, advanceplanning is the key to keeping you, youramily and your companion animals sae.Depending on where you live, you mightexperience wildres or foods, earthquakesor snow storms, hurricanes or tornadoes,mud slides or chemical spills, to namea ew.In any disaster, emergency planningcan save lives. Be sure to include yourcompanion animals in your plans — theydepend on you or protection.
To stay safe, you’ll need a FamilyDisaster Plan, an Emergency ContactList, and a Pet Survival Kit. Use theDisaster Preparation Tips Checklistto be prepared.
GET READY . . . GET PETS . . .
EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST
Names, addresses and telephonenumbers for:
Local Pet Shelters (Most public shelterswill not allow pets: it is up to you to makealternative arrangements)Hotel/Motels that allow pets (within 100mile radius)Boarding Facilities/Shelters (within 100mile radius)Neighbors (Two or more)Out-o-state contact numbers o relativesor riends (work and home)Local animal rescue groups & humanesocietiesCity, county and state emergency responseagenciesPet Supply and Feed stores
PET SURVIVAL KIT:
(For dogs, cats and other pets)
Make sure your pets are wearing properidentication: a collar with emergencytags (your name and your pet’s, homeaddress & phone number, your vet’sphone number, your out-o-state contactnumber). A microchip is good proo o ownership i you know where your petis, but may not be detected when thepet is ound.Food & water (or at least 3-7 days; besure to include a can opener)Pet medication, as prescribed by yourveterinarian (enough or 30 days)Unbreakable bowls/containers or petood and waterWell-tting collar, harness and leashTie out and/or portable pet carrierBrush or comb (calms you, calms them)Familiar toy or chews (pets under stresswill welcome a amiliar item)Pet First Aid Kit (available at pet supplystores or your vet)Twin-size blanketPet Documents (sealed in a zip lock bag)Be sure to rotate all medicines, ood andwater to keep them resh. These itemsshould be stored in a plastic tub and sealedwith duct tape.Copy o dog or cat licenseCopy o rabies vaccinationcerticatePet medical recordsPet photos (ront and side viewsor positive identication; includeany distinguishing markings orscars)
FAMILY DISASTER PLAN