If disaster strikes your home, do you have a contingency plan for your pets?
A disaster doesn’t have to be on the scale of a national terrorist attack to create havoc in your household; even a small issue confined to your family (like a hospital stay) warrants having a preparedness plan for your animals.
In recognition of National Preparedness month, take some time this week to create a preparedness checklist for disasters small and large.
Things to think about:
- Make sure if you have enough pet food and fresh water to last several days. Not just for you and your family, but for your animals as well.
- Have pet carriers accessible for each of your pets in case you need to leave your home for any reason.
- Make sure your pets are trained to get into their carriers quickly and without fuss.
- Have a first-aid kit packed and ready to go.
- Make sure your neighbors know you have pets in case you’re stuck away from home.
- Keep your vet and emergency numbers handy.
- Talk with the other members of your family about who is responsible for which pets and what to do in case of emergency.
- Think about where you could take your pets if you needed to board them without a lot of notice.
- Anything else?
Sharing our homes with pets is an amazing privilege, but one that comes with some extra responsibilities and a bit less flexibility than if you only had to look out for the humans in your family. Make sure you have a contingency plan for your animals if something were to come up so that you don’t miss anything important in a moment of stress or time crunch.
What’s your plan for your pets if disaster strikes? Leave your tips on being prepared in the comments below.