September is Disaster Preparedness Month
On August 31, 2023, a White House document was published that includes a proclamation by President Biden naming September National Disaster Preparedness Month.
Natural disasters, personal illness, and other major disruptions to our lives often come with little to no warning. Making an emergency care plan for your pets now can save time and stress in the event of a disaster situation. Get started now.
Designate an emergency caregiver for your pet(s). This could be a trusted neighbor, friend, co-worker, or family member. Then, designate a person as a backup to your emergency pet caregiver. Have these conversations today and create a plan for who will care for your pets in the event you become hospitalized or are by any means displaced from your home.
Prepare a pet supply kit. In the event of a sudden emergency situation, having a pet supply kit handy will save you and your pet(s) time and stress. If possible, your kit should include:
✅ Name and contact information for the person(s) who can care for your pets
✅ Food*, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
✅ A good quality crate or carrier to transport your pet
✅ Vaccination and medical records, microchip number
✅ Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure microchip information is up to date)
✅ Medications** and prescriptions, along with instructions
✅ Daily care instructions
✅ Your vet's contact information
Planning for emergencies before they happen can help avoid mistakes like forgotten items in the event of an emergency. Your supply kit and up-to-date information is one less thing to think about when your focus is needed elsewhere.
*Check the expiration date of food and treats in your supply kit regularly to make sure they are still safe for consumption.
**Check regularly to make sure medications and prescriptions in your supply kit are clearly marked with your pet’s name and dosage instructions and that the medication has not expired.