When it comes to a national disaster, do you have a plan? Earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. Today on National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, we encourage you to spend time putting together a plan for yourself and your pet. To help you assemble a comprehensive disaster kit for your pet, here are our 15 essentials.
1. Proper ID. The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occurs is to make sure they have proper ID. This means having a physical tag containing your current info on their collar which they wear at all times, and having them microchipped and registered in a national registry such as the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.
2. Vaccinations. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date to reduce their risk of sickness and disease. There are so many unknowns in a disaster. If you are evacuated, your pet may not be able to come with you to shelter and may be held in boarding with other animals whose health status is unknown. If your home is destroyed, your pet may be lost and living outside for a time and subjected to the elements, dirty water supply or worse. Be safe, not sorry, and vaccinate.
Read on for 13 more essentials from our friends at Dogtime.com.
Have you ever been affected by a natural disaster? How did you keep yourself and your pets safe, before and after it occurred?