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Emergency Preparedness

We know pets are part of the family too! And being part of a family means keeping your loved ones safe. Consider your pet’s unique needs and incorporate them into your emergency evacuation plan and disaster kit.

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Disaster Ready DIY Kits

 What To Include

  • Backpack to keep items stored

  • Paw Wipes

  • First Aid Kit

  • Bottled water

  • Pet shampoo

  • Food enough for 72 hours

  • Backpack to keep items stored

  • Pet and human medication enough for 3 days

  • Hand wipes or sanitizer and mask

  • Water Resistant Zip Bag

  • Homeowner or renters insurance policy

  • Pictures of all pets incase your separated

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Cell phone charger and backup battery

  • Extra Keys - vehicles, safety lock box, mailbox, electric gates, ect.

  • Pets vaccination records - boarding facilities require documentation   

Important Pet Information:

  • Emergency contacts names and numbers

  • Insurance co. name and numbers for auto and home

  • Veterinary Name/Location, Phone Number

  • Medication List

  • Boarding Facilities Near You

  • Groomer Name and Phone Number

  • American Red Cross 800-842-7349

  • Pet Friendly Hotels - www.bringfido.com   

DIY First Aid Kit

  • Non-stick 4x4 pads

  • Gauze

  • Tape

  • Tweezers

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Styptic powder 

  • Items to Add Per Pet

  • Pet Food-be sure to label each with the expiration date and pet’s name

  • Pet Medications - enough for 72 hours. Include the pet’s name, the name of the medication, and the expiration date.

 Items To Include For Dogs

  • 2 Collapsible Bowls

  • Slip Lead

  • Toys

  • Poop Bags

  • Pet ID tag           

Items To Include For Cats 

  • 2 Collapsible Bowls

  • Harness & Leash

  • Toys

  • Collapsible Litter Box & Liners

  • Kitty Litter & Scoop

  • Emergency Blanket

  • Pet ID Tag

  • Blanket

  • Paw Wipes

Storing Your Disaster Ready Kit

  • You only may have a few minutes to escape your home. Keep your disaster kit where it is easily accessible as you exit your home. 

  • Entryway - a coat closet, under a bench, or by a coat rack

  • Inside a pet carrier by the front door

Maintaining Your Disaster Ready Kit

  • Review items 1-2 times a year

  • Check food and medication expiration dates 

  • Add items for new family pets

  • Replace used items

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Evacuation Tips

Evacuating with your pet during an emergency can be stressful; however, preparing a plan and anticipating your pet’s needs can save you time during an evacuation.

  • Find out which motels and hotels are pet friendly in your area in advance of needing one.

Visit www.bringfido.com for more information.

  • Crate training your pet will make it less stressful on you and your pet when an emergency arises. Whether you plan to stay in a public shelter, with a friend or family member, or in a hotel, having your pet’s carrier or kennel available provides a safe and comfortable space for your pet. 

 

Other types of animals:

  • When transporting birds, use small and secured carriers. Transfer your bird to a standard cage upon arrival at the evacuation site. Covering the cage may reduce stress. 

  • If you need to transport a reptile, use a pillowcase, cloth sack, or small transport carrier. When you arrive at the evacuation site, transfer your pet to an enclosure they cannot escape. 

  • Use watertight plastic bags to transport amphibians. Make sure to monitor water and air temperature. Take an extra container of water in case your pet's container breaks or leaks.  

  • Rabbits are very sensitive to the heat; temperatures over 80 degrees can put them at risk of heat stroke. Keeping them cool and hydrated are key factors.

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Fire Escape Plan

Do you have a fire escape plan for you and your pets?

EVERY SECOND COUNTS.

Fire Escape Plan and Safety Tips

Planning, preparation, and practice help you and your pets—get out of your home quickly in a fire.

Practice your home fire escape plan twice each year. In addition:

  • Find two ways out of each room if the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke.

  • Ensure windows are not stuck, screens are easy to remove, and security bars can be easily opened.

  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.

 

What to do During a Fire

  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot or there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out. 

  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present. 

  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.

  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.

 

What to do After a Fire

  • Contact The Red Cross or your local disaster relief service for temporary housing, food, or medicines.

  • Check with the fire department to ensure your residence is safe to enter.

  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items before you throw anything away.

  • Save receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. Your insurance company may need them later to verify claims.

  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

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