With the recent Santa Ana Wildfire conditions in Southern California and Superstorm Sandy, I felt it was a good idea to discuss how important it is to have a pet evacuation plan.
Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, brush fires, hurricanes and tsunamis come at the most unexpected times. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to evacuate your own animals and be prepared for a quick getaway. Although your local department of animal services exists, they become spread very thin in a time of crisis.
Below are suggestions on how to have your pets prepared for a natural disaster.
- Leave the area as early as possible and take your pet with you. Don’t wait for mandatory evacuation orders by the city or officials.
- Make sure your pets have on a tag that is easy to read and has your most recent phone #.
- Get your pet microchipped and make sure that you have your information registered to the microchip #. I didn’t realize I needed to visit the microchip website to enter in my information. I just assumed my vet did this. NOT THE CASE! For more info on making sure your pets are properly microchipped, visit https://einhorninsurance.com/california-insurance/microchip-friendchip/ .
- Email pictures of your pets to yourself along with a copy of their health insurance, registration, vet records and any other important documentation. This way, you don’t have to carry around photos if you get separated from your pet. Also, if your phone or computer is damaged, you can check email from anywhere.
- Make sure a pet carrier is easily accessable and label it with your contact info and pet’s name.
- Be familiar with local kennels or make arrangements in advance to stay with friends/family in the event of a disaster.
In addition to the above, putting together your own “pet emergency kit” is a must. Our Pit Bull, Bernice is allergic to dog food and if there is an emergency, she requires a special diet.
Your pet emergency kit can include:
– Food and medication that will last your pet at least 72 hours. Keep these items in waterproof containers or zip lock bags.
– A leash/harness (and a muzzle if you have an aggressive dog).
– A collar with your up-to-date contact info.
– A pet carrier large enough for your pet to stand and turn around in.
– Bowls for food and water.
– An animal first aid kit.
– Supplies to collect pet poo/pee.
Be a responsible pet owner and make sure your furry kids are protected. We can’t control natural disasters, but we can take action and control how we prepare for them.