Following the deadly mudslides in Washington, the Associated Press writes that authorities don’t have a clear number of how many pets were killed or are missing or displaced by the slide.
If your heart breaks at the thought of these pets being separated from their owners and possibly injured, donations are being accepted at the Everett Animal Rescue Foundation.
For pet owners everywhere, it’s a reminder to review your emergency plan for your whole family, including pets.
1. Create a Pet-Friendly Go Bag
Include pet food and supplies with your emergency kit or go bag.
2. Make Sure Your Pet Is Accounted for
Make sure your pet has a collar with identification, and if you are forced to evacuate, bring your pet along if at all possible. If there is a storm or tornado warning, bring your pets inside to take shelter with you.
3. Tell the Neighbors
It’s a good idea to check that your neighbors are aware that you have a pet, so if a weather event or other disaster strikes while you’re away from home, neighbors will know to keep an eye out for your pets.
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Chances are that you keep some emergency supplies around the house in case of a disaster — maybe a first aid kit, important phone numbers, non-perishable food items, and some bottles of water. But did you ever think about what your pet might need?
For most owners, pets end up becoming members of the family, and just like any other family member, you want them to be safe during an emergency. Here is a useful list of supplies to have on hand for your pet in case you need to take shelter at home or leave to get help.
Emergency Pet Supplies
3 day supply of water
Pet first aid kit
You never know what kind of injuries could result from a disaster. Additionally, your pet could suffer an unrelated injury while you are hunkering down at home or taking refuge in a safe haven. A first aid kit that includes supplies especially for pets will prepare you to handle minor injuries at home or on the road.
Any medications your pet is taking
Many pets take regular medications such as insulin, anti-inflammatories, and flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. If your pet is taking any medications regularly, ask your veterinarian about getting additional doses that you can put in a waterproof container and add to their emergency kit.
If your pet is microchipped, keep a copy of the microchip number in their kit. Unfortunately, some pets can get lost in the chaos of an emergency, and having your pet’s microchip number will make it easier to find them.
Collars & ID tags
Keep recent photos of you and your pet together in their kit. Include on the photos information such as breed, species, color, age, sex, and any distinguishing features. If your pet becomes lost during an emergency, these photos can establish your ownership and allow others to help you find your pet.
Emergency sticker for your door
Should you need to flee your home without your pet, an emergency sticker placed on a door or window will let rescue workers know that a pet is inside. Most of these stickers allow you to write in how many pets are inside, your veterinarian’s name, and their phone number. If you are able to take your pet with you when you leave, write EVACUATED across the sticker.
Litter and tray for cats
Poop bags and cleaners for dogs
Blankets and Toys
Don’t put off getting your pet’s emergency supplies together, and visit ready.gov for more information on preparing your pet for disaster.