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National Preparedness Month - Make a Plan (Pets)

September 13, 2019

In the event of extreme weather or a disaster, would you know what to do to protect your pet? Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse. VITEMA recommends you:

  • Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.
  • Put a favorite toy, treats or bedding in your pet’s emergency kit to help reduce their stress.
  • Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated
  • Ensure your pets are always wearing up-to-date identification,
  • Think about “microchipping” your pet. These permanent implants help locate your pet following a disaster.
  • Keep your pets' vet’s name and vaccination records handy in case of emergency.
  • Don't forget a pooper scooper, cat litter, or plastic bags in your pets' emergency kit!
  • Video: Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners

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