If disaster were to strike, would you be prepared? You probably have a general emergency plan in place for you and your family members, but don’t forget to include your pets in those plans. After all, if it’s dangerous for you, it’s also dangerous for your pet.
When natural disasters strike, there’s much to care for and consider. And, pet disaster preparedness is not something that you can afford to overlook, because it can save your best four-legged friend’s life! So, in the event that you ever need to evacuate your home, you obviously want to make sure that your pet goes with you. But, it’s also important to bring along those essential survival items to keep them calm and healthy during your time in transit (just as you would for all of the humans in your party).
We recommend that every family stock up on supplies long before disaster strikes. Let’s take a closer look at what all should be included in your disaster preparedness checklist.
Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Pets
Sometimes, when faced with emergency situations, it’s easy to let panic take over your thought processes. That’s why having a list to reference is so important. It will help you make sure you don’t let anything slip through the cracks when it’s time to jump into action.
Whether your pet is a dog, cat, reptile, bird or some other animal, we’ve put together some emergency preparedness tips and a checklist for you to easily reference and ensure that everyone stays healthy and safe during your time of need:
- Food and water for at least 3 to 7 days, and don’t forget a travel can opener (if needed) and bowls
- All medical records and medications
- A pet first aid book and pet first aid kit
- Pet leashes, collars and harnesses
- A pet carrier or carriers for households with multiple pets
- A flashlight with new batteries
- Pet waste bags or basic plastic grocery bags to pick up after your pet’s bathroom use
- A recent photo and description of each pet in case you get separated during the event
- Your veterinarian’s contact information as well as any other relevant emergency numbers
- Grooming supplies like a hair brush, nail clippers, shampoo, etc.
- Paper towels and disinfectant for potty accidents as well as general cleanup
- Warm blankets or towels
- Kitty litter, a litter box (or something that can be used as a litter box) and a litter scoop
This of course is not a complete list, and your disaster preparedness checklist will vary depending on your animal and their specific needs. These are just some guidelines to get you started, because it’s never too early to start planning for the unexpected.