Disaster preparedness tips
Excerpt from a survivor of a major disaster:
“I was evacuated in a fire and was truly blessed that dear friends rode with the Sheriff’s posse and were able to get me back in. I’ll never forget what she told me (AFTER my animals were all out safely of course and we went back in)….”
Trip #1 – grab your insurance papers, escrow/title docs, old photos, other valuable files – the entire file – don’t look for a single paper…
Trip #2 – get a suitcase – a big one or the closest one, toss in a couple of changes of clothing for you and your family, all medications you need, toiletries.
Trip #3 – grab your entire jewelry box
Trip #4 – time permitting, whatever else but know in advance what that will be – she suggested my show saddles and tack. In your mind think – if I could have made one more trip, what would I have wanted to get? That’s the ticket!
This was done in about 4 minutes. I ran in and out of the house, she stayed outside and grabbed stuff from me and loaded it as I ran back in. We didn’t speak during those 4 minutes…
Disaster Planning For Your Pet
Before a disaster – Advance planning is essential – it could save your pet(s) life and make yours easier during an emergency.
Acquire a pet carrier (portable kennel) or crate for each house pet. These carriers should be large enough for the pet to stand up and turn around in.
Take time to familiarize your pet with the portable kennel. This can be a difficult experience. Kennel tops and bottoms can be separated to make a pet(s) bed. This helps adjust them to the kennel.
Be sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. This is especially important for those who plan to board your pets, since most boarding facilities will require proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations. Store a copy of these records in your earthquake kit so you will have current proof your pets are up to date with their vaccinations.
Be sure your pet wears a properly fitted collar and current Rabies license and Identification tag (Pet’s name, your address/phone number), or microchip tag. Acquire a leash to have on hand to maintain control of your pet.
Survey your home to determine the best locations away from windows to place your pet during a disaster such as a utility room, bathroom or other tiled areas which can be cleaned easily.
Survey boarding kennels to determine specific locations. Find out who stays on the premises with the animals in the event of a disaster and what provisions would be made if the kennel should have to evacuate from a disaster.
Check with Veterinary clinics to locate those with boarding facilities and ask dependable friends or relatives if you and your pets could stay with them during an emergency.
Call motels if you plan to leave your house and take your pet with you during an evacuation. Ask if they allow pets and if there are restrictions with respect to size or number.
Acquire ample quantities of pet food and kitty litter when purchasing your other disaster supplies. Remember to rotate these foods into use so your disaster supply is always fresh. Additionally, acquire plenty of newspaper, plastic bags and disinfectant to properly handle pet waste.
Keep a two week supply of medications your pet is currently taking stored in your disaster kit. Remember to mark on a calendar to rotate in to use these medications and replace your stored supply.
When you plan to leave the area with your fur friends, the following items should be prepared:
Rabies certificates, vaccination certificates and ID tags.
Steel or fiberglass crates, properly pet sized.
Non-spill water and food bowls.
Newspaper, paper towels and baby wipes.
Leashes and collars.
Medications your pet is currently taking.
Water in a sanitized non-breakable container.
Dried or packaged semi-moist foods.
After A Disaster: Be careful in allowing your pets outdoors after the disaster has passed. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet could easily be confused and become lost. Downed power lines could present real dangers to your pet.
Courtesy of Diamond MK Weimaraners