Preparing For Emergencies

Good morning ~
As I write this, the Northeast is waiting for the arrival of Sandy. Latest reports are showing that we can expect strong winds and heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday. With the news of the (now) Category 1 Hurricane, many were rushing out to buy the necessities ~ water, nonperishable food and batteries. But do you know what you need to do to prepare your pets for an emergency?

The ASPCA recommends the following to ensure your pet is safe…

  • Keep at least 3 days worth of food in an airtight and waterproof container.
  • Store at least 3 days of water for your pets. This is in addition to the water you need for you and your family.
  • Keep an extra supply of your pet’s medications in a waterproof container.
  • Make sure you have a first aid kit for your pet. This should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Also include a pet first aid reference book.
  • Make sure your pet has a collar or harness with ID tags and a rabies tag. Include a backup collar with ID and backup leash.
  • Place your pet’s registration information, vaccination history and medical records in a plastic bag or waterproof container.
  • If you need to use a crate or pet carrier to transport your animal, make sure that the carrier is large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
  • A current photo of you and your pet. If you get separated, this will assist in identifying your pet.
  • Include familiar items such as toys, treats or bedding to help reduce the stress of your pet.

Many evacuation shelters do not allow pets, so check with your local animal shelter to see if a pet friendly shelter has been set up in your area. For Pennsylvania, you can check the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team’s site ~ this page will be updated with shelter information as needed.

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