When an emergency happens it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While it’s chaos around you remember that it’s stressful for your pets as well. It’s important to plan for your pets’ safety along with your own. Here are some basic guidelines for planning your pets’ safety during an emergency situation.
Does your pet have a collar? Is he wearing it? Does it have an ID tag? In times of loud noises (firecrackers, thunder, twisters) pets may become so scared that they run away. With the landscape torn up, like after a tornado, your pet may not recognize your house, your street by either sight, sound or scent. They can become quite lost.
(One of our dogs recently became lost after we had new gravel laid down. He went out for a country walkabout while the gravel was being deposited. He missed the road because it was a different color, texture and scent. Luckily he finally found his way home.)
During evacuation procedures, lost pets without tags hardly ever make it make to their rightful owners.
Sure dogs lose collars. They get hung up on fences, torn off when they meet another dog… so consider an ID micro-chip. This tiny identification chip is inserted under the skin via a hypodermic needle and is relatively inexpensive.
Keep a go-bag for your pets.
It’s good advice to have an emergency evacuation pack prepared for each member of your household, and that includes your cat or dog. Just like your bugout bag, you pet’s bag should include (but not limited to):
• Food (dry food is lighter)
• Dishes for food and water
• Leash and harness
• Pet carrier (for small dogs and cats)
• Toys and chewies
• Medical record copies, including rabies shots, etc.
Keep your pets bugout bag right along with your family’s. Your pet can’t ask for what they need, so it’s your job to provide it by being prepared.