It is important to prepare yourself and your
family for emergencies and disasters BEFORE they
hit. Otherwise you will be caught up in the
mad rush of other unprepared souls in long lines at
the stores as the shelves rapidly empty. We've
all seen it happen... stores are incredibly crowded,
sold out or close, auto accidents happen as people
are driving in a panic, Everyone tries to stock up
on the same supplies all at the same time as
hundreds of others who thought it wouldn't happen to
them or that they would "just get supplies when it
3 Easy Steps for Keeping Your Pet Safe in Emergencies
1. Prepare: Food and water - 3 day supply, pet medications & medical records in waterproof container, pet first aid kit, collar, harness or leash with ID tag, crate or other pet carrier and sanitation items: litter, paper towels, trash bags, newspapers, bleach. Have all pets microchipped and registered.
2. Plan: Create a plan to get away and where you will go; Develop a buddy system to care for your pets if you are unable to and determine a meeting spot; Talk to your veterinarian to keep contact info up to date in recovery database; Compile contact information: vet hospitals and places you may take shelter with pets; Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers and place on doors and windows.
3. STAY INFORMED: Know about types of emergencies that may affect your area.
Here are some links to help you put a plan together:
Disaster Preparedness and Preparation
for Your Family:
Indiana Board of Animal Health This is a comprehensive site for pet health and safety. It covers sanitation practices, first aid, poison control, safety measures when leaving home, diseases and seasonal health concerns, and safety tips for children around pets.
American Veterinary Medical Association- Has a complete and very informative on-line booklet: http://www.avma.org/disaster/saving_family.asp
American Association of Equine Practitioners Disaster
preparedness for Equine Veterinarians and Equine
Disaster Prep for Pets - written by Chris Puls for Dog Scouts of America:
Evacuate My Pet.com:
Paw-Rescue- Has a nice list of
Disaster Preparedness for equines: This site has loads of links to pages relevant to all animal owners. http://www.aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm
Farm Animal Disaster Plan: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/barnyard.html
Fire Safety for barns by
Saving the whole family: An on-line booklet from the AVMA http://www.avma.org/disaster/saving_family.asp
AVMA Care for Pets: is a comprehensive site for pet health and safety. It covers sanitation practices, first aid, poison control, safety measures when leaving home, diseases and seasonal health concerns, and safety tips for children around pets. http://www.avma.org/care4pets/
List of pet friendly hotels: http://www.doggone.com/ Good to know in advance where you can go with your pet if temporary shelter is needed.
AVMA disaster preparedness plan: VERY comprehensive guide to responding to disasters involving animals! http://www.avma.org/disaster/responseguide/responseguide_toc.asp
Find Animal Shelters near you: www.animalshelter.org/shelters Put in your zip code and find listings near you. This can be helpful info if your pet is lost or needs emergency shelter.
Hooved Animal Humane Society: http://www.hahs.org/ Dedicated to the protection of hooved animals
Disaster preparedness for Equine Veterinarians and Equine owners: http://www.aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm Easy to follow links and information.
Disaster Preparedness for persons with service animals (copy and paste the following into your browser): http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?useaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1430&nodeID=1&FeatureID=1625&redirected=1&CFID=7687935&CFTOKEN=19161268Additional Info: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/newsletters/v7n2/7n2hende.htm
Shelters for feral cats: http://indyferal.org/index.php?page=shelters
Pet First Aid Kits are available at www.aspca.org/store
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