Emergency evacuations are necessary during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. No one wants to face the fact that they will be caught up in a natural disaster, but this can happen with little to no notice. If you are a pet owner, what should you keep in mind as you prepare to make an emergency evacuation with pets?
Necessary Contingency Supplies
It is crucial to have a contingency supply kit in place in case of an emergency situation where you will need to evacuate the local area. A contingency supply kit should include non-perishable food, a change of clothes, hygiene supplies, prescription medication, and legal documents such as marriage certificates, and insurance paperwork.
Pet Contingency Supplies
As well as having a bag or box of supplies ready that will cover your own basic needs during an emergency evacuation, you must also have a pet contingency supply kit in place for your cats, dogs or other pets. Include such supplies as cans of pet food, spare water and food bowls, a harness, pet bed, blankets, newspaper, toys, and place kennels in an easy to reach location such as the garage so that you can also take these along in case of an emergency evacuation with pets.
Check that Emergency Contacts Are Not Allergic to Your Pets
On your contingency plan, you should have the names and contact details of friends or family members who will be able to accommodate you in the event of an emergency evacuation. However, what many people fail to take into consideration when they are evacuating with pets is whether or not their emergency contacts are allergic to pets. Do your homework before you head off to your Aunt Sarah’s house to ensure she is not allergic to cats or dogs; otherwise, you would be better off looking for alternative accommodation.
If you will be making an emergency evacuation with pets, you will need to make some extra plans so that the pets also make it out safe and sound. Pack up a box or bag of pet contingency supplies and place it beside your own, and make sure that emergency contacts that are on your list are not allergic to pets.