08 May is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

08 May is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
Your Family Disaster Plan Should Include All Family Members -

The best way to protect your household from the effects
of a disaster is to have a disaster plan.
If you are a pet owner,
that plan must include your pets.
Being prepared can save their lives.

Different disasters require different responses.
But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill,
you may have to evacuate your home.
In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important
thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too.
If it's not safe for you to stay behind then it's not safe to leave pets
behind either.
Take action now so you know how to best care for your furry friends
when the unexpected occurs.

Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pets -
Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit
the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters.
(Service animals may be allowed in Red Cross shelters.)
Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check
their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number,
size and species.

Ask if "no pet" policies can be waived in an emergency.

Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers,
with your disaster supplies.

Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area
whether they could shelter your animals.

Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could
shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.

Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter
or foster care for pets during a disaster.

Assemble a Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit -
Keep your pet’s essential supplies in sturdy containers
that can be easily accessed and carried (a duffle bag or
covered trash containers, for example).
Your pet emergency preparedness kit should include:
Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container)
and a First Aid kit.
Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely
and ensure that your animals can't escape.
Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
Food, drinkable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and manual can opener.
Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.

Help Emergency Workers Help Your Pets -
The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker alert to let people
know that pets are inside your home.
Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes
the types and number of pets in your household and
your veterinarian's phone number.
If you must evacuate with your pets (and if time allows) write
"EVACUATED" across the stickers so rescue workers do not
waste time looking for them.

Be Disaster Ready. Have a Plan. Share It with Others.
Schedule a Disaster Preparedness Training for your group.

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