Pet Preparedness Guidelines:
This will serve as a guide to prepare for your pets during a disaster or an emergency situation. You should become familiar with the available community responses by local animal shelter, veterinarians, police/fire and your neighbors. Keep in mind; you may need to provide for your family and animals for a minimum of 7-15 days even in the best of situations.
Prepare a personal disaster plan before it happens; educate your neighbors and family/friends, and then test the plan. You should identify potential sites to move your family and animals should this need to happen and plan on how you would get there. If at all possible, identify a neighbor that is familiar with your pets that could assist in their care if you were not at home or unable to return to your home.
“Emergency Kit” (Keep all of this in a waterproof, light weight container):
Food & Water: Store at least a 2 week supply of canned and/or dry pet food (remember to monitor dated shelf-life) and drinking water and rotate as necessary. Under normal conditions an adult or 90lb dog needs a minimum of about a gallon of water a day.
Pet Supplies: Documents/Information per animal: (keep in a zip lock plastic bag)
Documents/Information per animal: (keep in a zip lock plastic bag)
Medical information: (Keep in a zip lock plastic bag) all medications should be identified and labeled with a two week supply. Special instructions should be inserted in the bag for each individual animal.