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Make a plan for your pet during Pet Preparedness Month


June is designated as National Pet Preparedness Month to remind pet owners to always include their furry friends in their emergency plans and preparedness preparation. Pets are important members of your family, so ensure you have the things they will need to be safe and healthy during an emergency.

Be Informed

  • Have multiple ways to receive alerts and stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the latest weather reports when a storm is in the forecast.
  • Listen to local officials when told to evacuate or shelter in place.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.

Make a Plan

Just like for your family, make a plan specific to your pet and its needs. Consider the following in your plan:

  • Have an evacuation plan for your pet. Many public shelters and hotels do not allow pets inside. Know a safe place where you can take your pets before disasters or emergencies happen.
  • Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  • Have your pet microchipped. Make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date and include contact information for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • Keep a recent photo of you and your pet together and have copies of your pet’s registration information and vet records in a waterproof container and available electronically.
  • When evacuating your home, it’s important to bring your pets. Follow these tips to make your cat or dog comfortable if you have to put them in a pet carrier.

Build a Kit

Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, such as food and water, and review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents are fresh. Consider the following items in an emergency kit for your pet:

  • Food for several days in an airtight, waterproof container
  • Water for several days and a water bowl
  • Medicine that your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container
  • Collar with ID tag or harness and a leash and a backup of each
  • Grooming items, such as pet shampoo, a brush and a nail trimmer
  • Sanitation needs
  • Familiar items, such as a favorite toy, treat or bedding. These items can help reduce stress for your pet.

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