Do you have an emergency plan for your pet?
Making a plan can be easy and even fun, as you assemble an animal emergency survival kit and pre-arrange a ‘safe house’ for your family. Whether the safest thing is to stay put in a disaster or evacuate, making a plan for what is best for your family will probably be what’s best for your pets too. Like humans in a disaster, animals also need a safe shelter and the basic requirements of food, water and shelter.
In the light of COVID-19 and quarantine restrictions it is now recommended you store two weeks of food, water, and medicine if possible to ensure you and your pets are kept healthy and safe.
Know your evacuation route
Pets are part of the family and it is not ok to leave them behind. If it’s not safe for you, then it’s not safe for them. Use the buddy system! Identify a shelter that can host both you and your pet. Pets may not be permitted in public shelters, so you need to plan and agree on a “safe house” or an animal shelter that you and your pet (or just your pet) can go to. Consider a friend or relative in another town or city and make sure they know your plan includes them.
Emergency preparedness checklist
Just as you do with your family’s emergency survival kit, think first about the basics for your pet – food, water, and warmth. Be sure to store all valuable documents and perishables in an airtight, waterproof container for safekeeping
Emergency survival items:
Food: Store at least 3 days’ worth of non-perishable food your pet is used to, and a can opener.
Water: Store at least 3days’ worth of water for your pet
.Medicines: Store a supply of your pet’s medicines, dietary needs, or supplements.
Veterinary records: Store copies of medical and vaccination records – including your vet’s name and telephone number
.First Aid kit: Store cotton bandage rolls, bandage tapes, scissors, tweezers, and latex gloves.
Blanket/bedding: Familiar items like a favourite blanket or toys can help reduce stress for your pet.
Sanitation: Poop bags or kitty litter, paper towels, plastic bags, gloves, and household bleach to clean.
Identification: Collar with ID disc Add an ID disc to your pet’s collar that states their name, your name, phone number, and, if there is room, your address.
Register and microchip If your pet gets lost, this is their easiest ticket home!
Photograph: Store a current photograph of your pet.
Back up Save microchip details, medical and vet details, key contact details, and all photographs online.Equipment
Lead, harness, or muzzle
Cages or carrier Safe shelter places. Pets are usually not permitted in evacuation centres, so you need to plan and agree on a safe house or an animal shelter that you and your pet (or just your pet) can go to.
A safe house: Plan and agree with a family member or friend if they will be the caregiver for your pet for any length of time, in case of a disaster.
Place your caregiver’s full name, address and phone number in your disaster survival kit. Adults and children in your household should know these primary and alternative contacts or carry this information with them.
Show your caregiver where you keep disaster survival kits In case you are not at home when disaster strikes and you are cut off from returning to your pet. This means your caregiver can feed and attend to your pet in the interim.
To download this list: disasters2018-checklist-8.5x11_-_updated_2019
To download a wallet size list : wallet size disasters2018-checklist-8.5x11_-_updated_2019
With many thanks to World Animal Protection @ https://www.worldanimalprotection.ca/our-work/animals-disasters/emergency-preparedness-checklist-for-your-pet