If storms or forest fires force an evacuation, never leave
your pets behind. Know your pets' hiding places so that you
can easily find them in times of stress.
you hear reports that a storm is approaching and your home
is in the evacuation area, leave early. Do not wait until
the last minute to evacuate or prepare to evacuate. Transport
small pets in a sturdy pet carrier, this makes the pet feel
safer and more secure, and it reduces the chance they will
become lost. If a storm is approaching do not leave pets outside
or tied up.
a supply of drinking water, pet medications, medical records,
emergency contacts, a current color photograph of your pet
and a leash or harness for your pet. Also pack a copy of all
pet's current vaccination and health records, license numbers
and microchip numbers.
is generally not a good idea to confine a dog and cat together,
even if the two are normally friendly. Stressful times can
bring out aggression in pets that might be friendly. Keep
small pets, such as rabbits, mice and birds, away from dogs
and cats, this will help reduce their anxiety levels. Leave
difficult or aggressive animals in crates or cages to reduce
the chance of the animals getting loose or causing additional
stress, in an already difficult situation.
your pets rely on you, help them rest comfortably, keeping
them warm or cool. Be sure to use a leash or harness on your
pet when they are out of their carrier, scary situations may
cause them to take flight. All pets should always wear up-to-date
identification, including a tag with a phone number in case
you become separated.
is particularly important for livestock because of the animals'
size and their shelter and transportation needs. Always evacuate
animals as soon as possible. If you have horses, know where
you can take your animals. Friend or other livestock owners
may be able to help. Be prepared and ready to leave once the
evacuation is ordered.
packing for your livestock be sure to include a basic first
aid kit, along with a supply of water, hay, feed, medications,
Coggins tests, veterinary papers, and identification photographs.
In addition, if the animals are sheltered off your property,
make sure they remain in the groupings they are accustom to.
the aftermath of an emergency or evacuation, be extra careful
when letting your pet loose outdoors and be sure your pet
wears an identification tag. They may become easily disoriented
or injured from debris.
Francesca Black has worked in the emergency services field
for more than 10 years. More information available at Prepare
for Emergency http://www.prepare-for-emergency.com