Friday, May 7, 2010

Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

By now, I hope you know how to be prepared. (If not, click here. Then, read this blog.)

But, do you know your animal disaster preparedness?

Yes, there is such a thing.

FEMA declared Saturday, May 8 as the first National Animal Disaster Preparedness day.

It makes sense, doesn't it?

You are a master of preparedness. So, your pets should be your personal preparedness understudies.

I have included a couple pet preparedness tips to put into practice. Say THAT five times fast.

If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for your dog, cat, rabbit, bird, rodent, llama, etc.

Create a animal disaster kit with seven days worth of supplies. It should include food, water, medication, treats, litter, litter box, etc. Make sure you include a photo of your pet and an out of state emergency contact. You can put your animal emergency kit in your pet's carrier - two birds, one stone... so to speak.

As you know, your pet needs a plan - just like you. Enlist a trusted neighbor or nearby family member to get your pets and their emergency kits to safety. Make sure they know your animals favorite hiding spot (under the bed... in a potted plant... hanging from the fan) and how to get them to you.

Now your pets can be... Preparedness Dog!

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