So a wildfire has struck your area, and local law enforcement has called an evacuation. Are you prepared to respond to this emergency? Follow these simple steps to save yourself and your beloved pets.
1. Place Pets In Crates
Many pets are lost or left behind during emergencies when the animal owner is struggling to get their pet into an crate. Make sure you have enough animal crates for all your animals. Train your animals to “crate up” on command. At the first sign of trouble place your animals inside their crates. This will facilitate a quicker, safer evacuation.
It an emergency occurs you may not have time to safely evacuate your pets. If this is the case you need to identify how many animals, and what type, to emergency personnel. You will not be home to tell them so have a sign to place on the front door invade of an emergency.
3. Disaster Kit
You should have a disaster kit prepared for you and your family. In this disaster kit you should also have supplies for your pet. Canned food is compact and keeps well for great storage. Enough for should be prepared last about a week. Copies of your animals medical records, and vaccinations should be kept here as well. Bring extra water for your pets as well.
When an evacuation is ordered place your pets in your vehicle, grab your disaster kit, and leave the area. If you are unable to safely get your animals to your vehicle let them run loose. Open your front door, unchain outside dogs. Your animals will have a better chance for survival if they are able to run from danger themselves. Place your sign detailing your animals in this event.
Red cross evacuation shelters do not accommodate pets. The reason for this is many people will be confined in a small place, and may have allergies or phobias related to animals. So you will have to look for somewhere else to stay. A friend or family member would be an ideal place to stay. If his is not feasible you may have to look into staying at a pet friendly hotel. The biggest thing to remember when evacuating with a pet is that of you at hurt you cannot save your pets. Make sure you safe then deal with your pets. Be prepared, and this tragic event can end with you and your pets safe.