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HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER

Nobody wants to think about it… but when in comes to disasters, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It's important to keep your family safe during and after a disaster – and that includes your beloved furry friends. Never forget or neglect your pets when it comes to disaster preparedness.

Here are a few tips to follow to make sure your pets are taken care of when disaster strikes:

  • Have collars/ tags on all your pets (even if they are mainly indoors – they might escape in the event of a disaster).

    • Get your pets microchipped. This will greatly assist being reunited with them in case they run away in an emergency. Contact your veterinarian for more information on how and where you can do this. Also read the American Veterinary Medical Association’s FAQ on Microchipping of Animals.
    • Have a Pet Emergency Kit ready for all your pets. Download this helpful Checklist from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure your kit contains everything it needs. Add items specific to your pets’ needs. Keep all items safely stored and up to date to ensure none have expired or broken in storage. It is advisable to check your kit at least once every two years.

    • Visit your local vet and get updates on your pets’ medical histories, in case you haven’t done so in a while. Keep copies of all records with the emergency kit.
    • Obtain pet carriers (soft or hard shell, but sturdy enough to hold your pet’s weight safely) & store them with the emergency kit. Train your pet ahead of time (for example, once a week) on staying in it, so that it will be used to it in times of emergencies.
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    • Keep veterinarian contact numbers (both, your regular veterinarian & emergency vet services) in a waterproof envelope in the kit.
    • Plan for space for all your pets’ carriers in your car (along with every family member and necessary family/ car emergency kits) – do not leave your pet(s) behind because of lack of storage.
    • Know of a person or place (shelter, etc.) where your pet(s) can safely stay for a period of time should you need to evacuate to a place where your pet(s) can’t stay with you.
    • If you have pets other than dogs or cats, contact your local veterinarian on what you need to safely care for them during and after a disaster. (You can use our pet emergency kits and simply adjust various items as needed).
     

       

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      Pet Kit, Dog

      Pet Kit, Cat

       

      Pet First Aid Kit

       

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      Preparing for El Nino, Flooding, and Winter Storms

      It’s important to be aware of and prepared for potential hazards when you’re at home as well as away from home. Stay informed and make sure you and your family have adequate time to prepare for an evacuation if there is a possibility of flooding.

      Be aware of incoming storms, weather watches, warnings and evacuations issued by the National Weather Service. Television and radio stations are another good source of weather forecasts and emergency messages before and during a severe weather event. If you live in a high-risk area, consider signing up for text message alerts on your mobile phone.

      At Home

      * See Emergency Checklist for all supplies needed | ** See Pet Kits

      • Keep your emergency supply kits in a bag, backpack, or container, which you can easily grab and go.
      • Keep cash and first aid supplies in all your emergency supply kits.
      • Be sure to include any medications necessary for you and your family.
      • Familiarize yourself NOW with how to turn off water, gas and electricity connections in your home in the event that your home is flooded. Write down telephone numbers that you keep handy, and contact your local utility companies for their help. Train all family members who are old enough to perform these functions on how to safely assist with them.
      • Do not try to escape rising floodwater by going into the attic unless you have roof access or unless it’s your only option.
      • Obtain alternative sources of power like Solar Chargers and Power Banks to assure the availability of power when there’s a power outage.
      • Consider purchasing a solar powered radio capable of picking up National Weather Service broadcasts.

       

      In Your Vehicle

      • Driving through floodwaters is extremely dangerous; more people are trapped and die in their vehicles than anywhere else during a flood. Follow “Turn around don’t drown!”™ (National Weather Service)
      • Keep a small emergency hammer handy in your glove department in case you have to break a window or cut your seat belt to get out of your car.
      • Keep a fully stocked* Emergency Kit in every one of your used vehicles. Make sure there are enough supplies in each for all adults, kids, and pets** in your household.

       

       

      When Outside

      • Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding. If you are caught outdoors during a heavy rain and flood climb to high ground and stay there.
      • Stay back from rushing water, as during flash floods water can increase suddenly.
      • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.
      • Don't walk through flooded areas… Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
      • Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains, viaducts, or arroyos.
      • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is another major source of deaths in floods. Electric current passes easily through water.

       

      Some of our Bestseller-Kits:

      Four-Person Standard Kit

      One-Person Streamline Kit (Home/Car)

       

      Pet Kit, Dog

       

      Pet First Aid Kit

        

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