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Free Disaster Preparedness Guide For Pet Owners

By Gary Bogue
Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 8:15 am in Birds, Disaster plan for pets, Disasters, Pets, Pets & Quakes, Pets in Danger, Reptiles.

Dog trapped on roof by flooding. Noah’s Wish photo.
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Each year two to three million people in the U.S. are affected by disasters.

Both natural and man-made disasters have made it clear that pet owners need to have a plan in case of an unforeseen tragedy.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters has created such a plan designed to provide you with educational and reference tools to help guide you through natural and man-made disasters.

Do you have a disaster plan to protect your pets?
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The “Disaster Preparedness Guide for Pet Owners” is a 19-page complimentary guide aimed to assist pet owners in developing their own Disaster Preparedness Plan, as well as to provide advice on how to work with their pet sitters to be prepared for, mitigate, and recover from both natural and man-made disasters.

I downloaded a copy of the guide and read it over and it looks pretty good. Since it’s available to pet owners from across the U.S. (and beyond), the guide obviously covers a lot of bases, including tornadoes and thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, winter storms, extreme heat and wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, and even volcanoes. That makes it pretty handy.

** The free 19-page guide is available to the public and can be easily downloaded from the NAPPS Web site, I just printed myself out a copy and I’m going to keep it on file for easy reference.

A shorter quick reference guide is also provided for pet owners and emergency wallet ID cards are available to identify emergency pet guardians and emergency vet contacts.

Developed by NAPPS’ Disaster Preparedness Committee, the guide also includes an official pet identification form, checklist for a complete Disaster Supply Kit, and special recommendations for birds, reptiles, and other small animals.

** The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) is a national not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the concept of in-home pet care, supporting the professionals engaged in at-home pet care, promoting the welfare of animals and improving and expanding the industry of pet sitting. NAPPS provides valuable credibility, networking and education to help foster the success of their members.

To find a pet sitter in your area, check out NAPPS’ nationwide referral network at There’s a box to enter your zip code and get a list of nearby professional pet sitters. /Gary

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