Handling Family Pets During an Emergency Situation

Here’s what you should do to keep your pets safe during an emergency situation.Handling Family Pets During an Emergency Situation

Between the wildfires on the West Coast and the hurricanes buffeting the east, this country has seen its fair share of natural disasters and emergency situations. These recent events have reminded people across the country about the importance of emergency planning and being ready for the worst. While you may have a plan for your family members, what about your four-legged friends? If you are not sure how to prepare your pets for an emergency, here are some of the steps you should take.

Pet IDs

If you are forced to evacuate your home, there’s a chance that you and your pet may be separated in the chaos. However, taking certain precautions beforehand will ensure your swift reunion. For instance, you should always make sure that your pets are wearing tags with your most updated address and contact information stamped on it. Additionally, you should have your pets microchipped. This way you can still be identified as your pet’s owner even if they somehow slip out of their collars or lose their tags.

Gather Essential Supplies

Just as you made an emergency kit for the human members of your family, you will also need to make a kit for your pets. Your emergency kit should include food, water, a pet first-aid kit, current medications, disposable bags for waste clean-up, bedding, an individual carrier for each pet, and some toys to keep them occupied. Have this kit assembled at the first sign of danger so you can just grab these supplies, scoop up your pet, and be good to go.

Find Shelter

If you are forced to evacuate, some human shelters will not let you bring your pets with you. If this is the case, you will have to take your pets to another safe location. Your local veterinarian or animal shelter should have a list of havens where pet owners can take their pets during an emergency evacuation. If you have a little more time, you can also make arrangements with friends or family members to house your pets until the emergency has passed.

These are some of the steps you should take to keep your pets safe during an emergency situation. Want another way to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency? Make sure you have the proper insurance protections in place. For assistance with all your personal coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services to get started today.