PET DISASTER SAFETY TIPS
Major natural disasters often cause people in unaffected areas to think about what would do if disaster struck close to home. To that end, UAN offers the following tips for including animals in family emergency planning:
1. Identify evacuation locations
If a disaster forces you from your home, always bring your animals with you. Identify pet-friendly hotels, boarding kennels, ranches and loved ones outside of your immediate area that could accommodate your pets. Practice loading your animals into your vehicle so they aren't frightened when the real thing happens. Remember, most shelters for humans cannot accept pets due to local health department regulations.
2. Identify pets with tags and permanent microchips
A microchip, a tiny tracking device, is the single best way to reunite lost pets with their families. Inserting a microchip is as quick and easy as giving a vaccination; veterinarians and many animal control agencies offer the service. Make sure to update your microchip information if you move, get a new phone number or change emergency contacts.
3. Start a buddy system
If fire strikes while you are not home, your animals could be stranded behind disaster lines. Exchange keys and disaster plans with a trusted neighbor who can remove your animals in case of an evacuation. Make sure your buddy is familiar with the species of animals that you have, and with your pets in particular.
4. Assemble a disaster kit for each pet
A disaster kit contains food, water, medication and other supplies you may not be able to get if roads and business are closed. Assemble a disaster kit for each animal in your household and keep it near an exit so you can easily grab it if forced to leave.
5. Take photos of you with your pets
If you are separated from your
|SOURCE United Animal Nations|
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