preparing for natural disasters

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires…so many regions have been devastated lately by large-scale natural disasters. American Humane is urging pet owners to take two simple yet essential steps to ensure you and your animal companions are ready when/if the next catastrophe strikes.

1. Don’t forget the basics

Your dog or cat should wear a collar and ID tag bearing his name, a cell phone number, and any urgent medical needs. For added assurance, American Humane also recommends microchipping your pet.

2. Develop a pet-specific disaster plan and evacuation kit

This should include:

  • An extensive list of safe places – such as emergency animal shelters, pet-friendly hotels, and trusted relatives and friends located in another region – that could house your animals during an emergency
  • A comfortable pet carrier or crate
  • A favorite toy or comfort item, like a blanket
  • One-week supplies of water, non-perishable pet food, and any medications or remedies
  • Copies of veterinary records and vaccination/titer history
  • Recent photos of you holding your dog or cat, which can be used to help verify ownership in case of unexpected separation.