During an emergency or natural disaster, many things happen. Most importantly, you need to make sure everyone in your household is safe, including your pets.
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According the American Red CrossThere are a few tips to keep your cat or dog safe during a disaster:
- Remember that if it’s not safe in the house for humans, it’s also dangerous for them, so make arrangements to get your pets out safely. Be sure to develop an escape plan for you and your pets. One way to do this is to create an emergency plan. This should include where you can take your pets if you need to evacuate, which can include hotels, shelters, relatives, friends and boarding houses. According the Red Crossyou’ll want to make sure your pets’ vaccinations are up to date and that they’re wearing their collars with up-to-date information.
- Create an emergency kit or prepare a ready-made one. This should include food, bowls, water, kitty litter, medicine, bags, blankets, towels, leashes, harnesses, carriers, crates, current photos your cat or dog, information about your pet, and any pet toys or beds that are easy to carry. The Best Friends Animal Society has a more detailed list on their website.
- The Red Cross suggest for livestock and other animals to move them to higher ground, give yourself time, and if you can get them back inside, do so. You will want to plan ahead as they will also need to be evacuated.
“If local authorities indicate that a major threat will affect your area and an evacuation is likely, you will want to make sure you have enough time to find and secure your pets, so don’t wait until the last minute to begin evacuation. treat. Be aware that your pets’ behavior during and after an emergency evacuation may be different from their behavior during the normal daily routine. Pets can become very stressed as danger approaches. , so be very careful when handling them as they may get scared, try to escape or bite. Best Friends Animal Society said in a press release.
The Best Friends Animal Society suggests making sure you have a five-day post-emergency plan for your pets, whether that includes shelter support or temporary placement with family members. Local rescue groups may also be able to help.
“Emergencies can happen at any time, so it is crucial that people with pets are as prepared as possible for a possible evacuation or shelter-in-place situation that could last for hours, days, weeks or even more. A good first step is to know what hazards are most likely to affect your community, whether it’s wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or heat or extreme cold. Then plan accordingly with a response for each scenario,” Best Friends Animal Society said on its website.
More information can be found at the website of the Humane Society of the United States including information for disaster planning for livestock, horses, birds etc. Ready.govThe website also contains additional information. The Red Cross website also has more information on pet safety at their website as well.
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