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Pets: Emergency preparedness in case of earthquake, fire, etc.

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 6:26 am in Birds, Cats, dogs, Earthquakes, Pets, Pets & Quakes, Pets in Danger.

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your pets? (Karl Nielsen)
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I just received the NEWS RELEASE below — “9.0 Japanese Earthquake reminds Us Emergency Preparedness Is Critical” — from the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. The information it contains is VERY important. It could help save the life of your pet(s) (and you!) during an emergency. /Gary


Emergency Preparedness for Pets
Safety Planning in Case of Fire, Heavy Rain or Earthquake

The recent 9.0 earthquake in Japan reminds us that natural disasters can strike at any time and without advance warning. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we learned that people will risk their lives and endanger their own safety to stay with their pets during natural disasters. “One of the big lessons after Katrina was that we must prepare all members of our family for possible disasters, including planning for our family pets,” said General Manager Brenda Barnette.

Here are a few simple tips that could save your life and the life of your pet, too:

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your pets? (Karl Nielsen)
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*** 1. Make sure your pets are micro-chipped and have proper identification. This is the single most important step you can take to ensure that you and your companion animals will be reunited if you are separated. Don’t forget to include alternate contacts with the microchip registration, such as your cell phone number and phone numbers for an out-of-area relative so that you can still be contacted in the case of an evacuation.

*** 2. If you need to evacuate, take your animals with you. It is simply too dangerous to leave companion animals unattended during natural disasters. The best way to ensure the safety of your pets is to evacuate with them.

*** 3. Have a rescue alert sticker visible in one of your home windows that lists the number and species of animals residing in your home. If you evacuate with your animals during an emergency, and time allows, write “Evacuated” across the alert sticker.

*** 4. Keep a back-up supply of pet food, prescription medications, and essentials.

Also, assemble an animal evacuation kit with the following materials:

a. One durable animal carrier displaying your name, address, and phone number for each animal in your household

b. Pet food (peel tops) and bottled water (5 gallons per animal is ideal)

c. Kitty litter and pan

d. Blankets

e. Leash, harness, collar

f. Photocopies of medical and immunization records and recent photos of your pet
(in case you need to create “lost” flyers or provide proof of ownership)

g. Wet wipes

h. Plastic bags

*** 5. Locate pet-friendly lodgings in advance. The following hotel chains accept pets at some or all of their locations (please note that restrictions and additional fees may apply): America’s Best Value Inn … Loews Best Western Marriott … Econo Lodge … Motel 6 … Kimpton Group Hotels … Radisson … La Quinta Inn & Suites … Red Roof Inn

Plan ahead now for your human and your furry family members!

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2 Responses to “Pets: Emergency preparedness in case of earthquake, fire, etc.”

  1. Jess Says:

    Thanks for this important post. There is a store in Dublin called Your Safety Place that vacuum-sealed my cats’ regular dry food, so that it will stay fresh for several years. I’m sure there are other ways to get it vacuum-sealed and it seems like a great idea. Some commercial emergency kits contain vacuum-sealed pet food, but it seems better to seal the food your pet normally eats, so as to avoid stomach problems.

    I actually hadn’t thought about having litter and pan in my earthquake kit, so thanks for that tip–I will add those items.

  2. Bruce Macler Says:

    Am working with others in my community to get an animal emergency response element into the city’s emergency plan. One issue is adequate sanitary water, which could be in short supply. We have creeks around here, though. We were talking about the fact that our dogs seem to drink all kinds of unsanitary water (and will also eat unsanitary food), without apparently getting diarrhea or generally throwing up. How can they tolerate pathogens that would make humans sick? Is it built-up immunity, or inherent?
    Thanks for the help.

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