20 Days to Ready: Don’t Forget Your Pets (Day 20)
ASSIGNMENT: Make a Pet Preparedness Plan
Knowing how to protect your pets well before disaster strikes can save you many headaches and can help keep them safe.
Find a Place to Sit and Stay
If your family needs to evacuate, it’s important to know where to take your pets. Some disaster shelters accept pets, but many do not — so if your family’s evacuation plan takes you to a shelter, check to see whether Fido is welcome or consider finding a pet-friendly shelter instead.
Alternatively, you can search for other places to take your pets. The American Red Cross says before a disaster strikes, you can investigate and make a list of places you can take your pet. Some potential options include:
- A pet-friendly hotel (at the destination to which your family plans to evacuate).
- The homes of friends or relatives in areas not affected by the disaster.
- Pet boarding facilities or veterinarians’ offices that offer emergency shelter.
- Animal shelters that provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
Prep Your Pet With a Kit
If you’re not evacuating, you know it’s important to have emergency supplies for your family — and that includes your pets, too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests compiling a pet emergency kit with the following items:
- 3-7 days’ worth of canned or dry food
- At least 7 days’ worth of water for your pet
- A pet first aid kit
- Garbage bags and/or pet waste bags for cleaning up
- Feeding dishes
- Dish soap, disinfectant and paper towels
- 2 weeks’ worth of pet medicines
- Photocopies of vet records
- Extra collar/harness/leash
- Travel carrier for pet
- Blanket (to use to pick up your pet)
- Recent photos (in case your pet escapes)
You may also need a few other things, depending on the type of pet you have — such as a disposable litter box and litter for cats, or cage liners for dogs.
The ASPCA also recommends placing an alert sticker near your front door where rescue workers can see it so they’ll know to save your pet if a fire or flood occurs when you’re not home.
Click here to follow along with more “20 Days to Ready” emergency preparedness tasks.
- Day 19: Map Out Your Route
- Day 18: Quiz Your Kids’ School
- Day 17: Know Where They’ll Be
- Day 16: Plan Two Ways Out
- Day 15: Select Your Safe Space
- Day 14: Decode the Weather
- Day 13: Learn Life-Saving Skills
- Day 12: Arrange to Stay Connected
- Day 11: Consider a Corded Phone
- Day 10: Organize Emergency Contacts
- Day 9: Fix Up a First Aid Kit
- Day 8: Find a Radio for Any Scenario
- Day 7: Get a Guiding Light
- Day 6: Keep Water on Tap for Everyone
- Day 5: Grab Emergency Grub
- Day 4: Learn How to Turn It Off
- Day 3: Put Detectors on Duty
- Day 2: Create a Home Inventory
- Day 1: Back Up Your Docs