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1. Assemble a Kit with Emergency Supplies

Food – keep at least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water – keep a three day supply of water specifically for your pet. This should be in addition to what you have for you and your family.

Medicine and first aid kit – keep an extra supply of medicines that your pet needs on hand in a waterproof container. Also, talk to your veterinarian about what to have on hand for a pet first aid kit.

Collar and ID tag, harness or leash – your pet should wear a collar with its ID tag at all times, but also keep a back up collar, tag, and leash or harness in your kit.

Crate or other pet carrier – if you need to evacuate your home, your pet will be safest if you can transport them in a crate or other carrier. In addition, if you travel to a shelter that takes pets most will require your pet to stay in a crate or other carrier.

Sanitation – include pet litter and a litter box if appropriate,newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet's sanitation needs.

A picture of you and your pet together – in case you become separated from your pet.

Familiar items – favorite toys, bedding, or treats will help your pet be more comfortable during stressful times.

2. Make a Plan for What You Will Do in an Emergency

Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Will you shelter in place or evacuate? Plan how you will assemble and transport your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, keep in mind that your pets may not be allowed inside all shelters. Secure appropriate lodging in advance and include that information in your plan. Consider family or friends that would take in you and your pets during an emergency. Other options include: hotels that take pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hospital. Just be sure to determine if any of these places are viable options for lodging for your petsbefore an emergency happens.

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 not home or are otherwise are unable to do so. Talk to your pet care buddy about your emergency plan and where you keep your emergency supply kit. Designate an area in your immediate neighborhood, as well as one further away, where you will meet after an emergency subsides.

Talk to your pet's veterinarian about emergency planning
Discuss the types of things you should keep in your emergency kit. Get the names of vets or vet hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. You should also consider talking to your vet about permanent pet identification such as micro chipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment
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.

3. Be Informed About What Might Happen

Some emergeny preparations will be helpful for any type of emergency, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for you, your family and your pets. However there are some significant differences among potential threats which will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.
By beginning a process of understanding these differences and how they will impact your plans, you can prepare yourself to react during any emergency.

Information in this website will help you plan. You can also request a free brochure on planning for pet owners by calling 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239).
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