No Pet Left Behind: Natural Disaster Preparation
Whether it’s a blizzard, hurricane, tornado or earthquake, natural disasters can happen with little to no notice. Most families who live in areas where these events are common, have developed a procedure for how to handle, prepare and survive the disaster, but not all families remember to make an emergency plan or kit for their animal companions. There are four key time periods to consider when planning for your pet.
Before the Disaster:
There are a few key things to have in place before there is even a storm warning on the horizon. First and foremost is to have your pet ID tagged. I would suggest having both a physical tag attached to your dog’s collar and also a microchip implanted under the skin. Having both methods of identification ensures your companion has the very best chance of being returned to you in the event of separation.
An emergency bag needs to be compiled as well. It should contain similar items you would consider for yourself: Enough food for 4-5 days, at least a gallon of fresh clean …