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Earthquake: How will you care for your pets if an emergency strikes today?

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 7:44 am in Disaster plan for pets.

During Hurricane Katrina, 250,000 pets were stranded. This illustrates why it is so important for all pet owners to plan what they will do in case of an emergency (like a big fire or earthquake) to keep their pets safe.

September is the sixth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) – the perfect time for you to think about the importance of having an emergency preparedness plan for your family and pets.

Sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign (, and with support from coalition members across the nation, which include a range of state and local governments, businesses, and organizations, NPM is held each September to increase public awareness about emergency preparedness. The Ready Campaign is urging pet owners to take action during NPM to plan for your pets’ safety if an emergency strikes your community.

At or by calling 1-800-BE-READY, you can receive free emergency preparedness information on how to properly prepare for your pets, including how to assemble a pet emergency supply kit, develop a pet care buddy system and how to make plans in advance for your animals if you need to evacuate.

In addition, an instructional video is available at: that demonstrates how to make an emergency plan for your pets.

And while you’re setting up a plan for your pets … you might want to think about setting up one for yourself and your family. It couldn’t hurt. /Gary

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