Protect Your Pets In A Disaster, Do Not Leave Them If You Have To Evacuate.

Prepare emergency supplies and a traveling kit for your pets. Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include: a) pet first-aid kit and guidebook; b) a 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months); c) disposable litter trays along with litter or paper toweling; d) liquid dish soap, disinfectant and disposable garbage bags for clean up; e) pet feeding dishes along with water; and f) extra harness and leash.

Other items that can be added to the pet emergency pack are: 1) photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires; 2) a traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet; 3) blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet); 4) recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters); 5) for cats have a pillowcase or Evack Sack, some toys, and scoop able litter; and 6) especially for dogs have a long leash with a yard stake and chew toys.

Take considerable time and thought when choosing a designated caregiver who will care for your pets. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or 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. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own; you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, youll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.