Securing Our Pets
The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to
Get Ready Now!
Remember that Emergencies Do NOT Happen Based on Your Schedule!
to Pet Safety Preparedness
Step 1: Tag, Tattoo
and/or Microchip your Pet.
In the event you are not
in the company of your pet when disaster strikes, make sure that when you pet is found you can be contacted. Adding a secondary
caregiver's info might improve your chances of finding your pet if lost.
|Pet Alert Sticker
Step 2: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker.
It will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is
visible to rescue workers.If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the
sticker OR get a Rover RespondR and download their FREE EVACUATION CARDS (free alert decals
included). There are plenty other companies and organizations that provide Alert Stickers. Simply run a Google search on 'Pet
Alert Decal', 'Pet Alert Stickers', etc
|Don't let Shelter be a Drawer!
Step 3: Arrange
a Safe Haven.
Note that Red Cross disaster shelters
will NOT accept pets because of health and safety regulations, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will
bring your pets AHEAD of time. Search for pet friendly accommodations ahead of time. Mark them on your evacuation map.
Search for accommodations here: TakeYourPet.com
The Pets Act of 2006 gives you Rights!
SO WHATEVER YOU DO...
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!
Step 4: Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits.
Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure
that everyone in the family knows where it is.
Step 5: Choose
she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of
keys should be given to this trusted individual along with clear instructions of care. Get to know where that individual would
go should they be forced to evacuate or leave the premises. You may also want to implement a Buddy
Buddy System. You exchange pet information, evacuation plans and house keys with a trusted friend or neighbor. If you
are caught outside evacuation lines when an evacuation order is issued, these trusted neighbors or friends can be tapped to
implement the plan you have in place. Part of that plan should also include a Twitter type method to communicate during and
right after the event allowing you to meet up someplace or know where these people are going and what type trouble they are
|Beware of Falling Debris
Step 6: Evacuation Preparation.
If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario.
If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. Consider your
evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of
disaster. REMEMBER: Emergency Kits serve you best if ready BEFORE the emergency.
Step 7: Geographic
and Climatic Considerations.
Do you live in an area
that is prone to certain natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods? If so, you should plan accordingly.
Visit our U.S. Emergency Management Agency Finder section to locate your state's and/or local emergency management agency. Please follow their instructions as they are most
familiar with your location and its risks.
Step 8: Stock
Up on Pet Necessities.
Get that a dedicated
pet evacuation kit. Contents should include water for your pet(s), pet food, can opener, whistle,
pet first aid kit, bowls, leashes and collars, toys litter box (if your pet uses the litter), plastic bags (for trash), newspapers
& pet medication.
Step 9: Learn
Which Emergency Shelter Allows Pets.
And learn the
rules (they should have a form or handout available).
the Sarasota Shelter Rules Example here below.
Sarasota County Pet Shelter Rules
Step 10: Keep a Crate Per Pet. After Katrina, some shelters
allow pets as long as they are crated. Remember however that these shelters will be booked first. Find a crate NOW! If you
need to find a crate click here. As an alternative to a hard crate you might
want to look into collapsable pop up crate tents. These are easier to pack when in a rush and take almost no room! For more
info click here.
Keep your pets vaccinations up-to-date.
Those shelters that accept pets will require proof of vaccinations. Keep records available in your Evac Pack. Pet
passports are great to store all pertinent vaccination records in an easy to grab and go document. The passport is also an
easy referral to check when the next vaccination is due.
sure to keep a picture of YOU with your Pet in the evacuation kit. Should ownership get challenged you have a printed copy
showing you as the owner. Same applies to the picture placed inside the passport.
Make some Room for your Pets In Your Will/Testimony.
God forbid should something happen to you during that emergency, make sure that your pets will be taken care of.
As of September 2006, some states provide pet owners with
the possibility to create a Trust for their pets. You can choose for a pet trust to take effect upon your death or any disability
that prevents you from caring properly for your pet. Although this alternative may seem extreme to some, it is now legal
in some form in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon,
Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Check with your state attorney general or your local Humane Society to
find out the status of the law in your state.