September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, this effort encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.
Your family’s safety is of the utmost importance during a disaster. Be sure to include your pup or kitten when you are making a disaster plan so everyone can come out of the disaster safe and healthy.
Make a Kit
Make a kit with things your pup will need. This includes food, water, medications, and comfort items like a blanket. Be sure to have a few days of food and even more water for your dog ready in your kit. This makes it easier to travel and care for your dog after a disaster.
Make sure you have all the medication for your pup ready to go in your kit as well. This will make it a lot simpler to take care of your dog and will keep them healthy after a disaster. Keeping your dog healthy will help your dog stay safe and will make life a little easier for you and your family. You may want to also get a few toys and their favorite blanket for comfort and to keep them calm.
Make sure you or those who are caring for your dog during a natural disaster stay calm and collected. Dogs and other animals can sense feelings in humans. They often mimic these emotions, which can make caring for them difficult or almost impossible. Be sure to have plenty of pieces of kibble on you to keep your pup calm. Also, have plenty of water for you and your dog to make sure you do not become dehydrated which can exacerbate stress and your current situation.
Designate a Plan
With any disaster, be sure to have a plan. Make sure each member of the family has a job and a safe destination. This will ensure the plan is clear, concise, and will be easy to follow. Do not overload yourself or other members of your family with responsibilities. Be sure to give yourself a job such as get important papers while others get the kit, water, or food from the home.
Have one person have the job of taking care of your pet so they will not be overwhelmed. This will make a safe evacuation easier and less stressful. The last thing you need is more worries while you are trying to get somewhere safe.
Visit Ready.gov for more information and ensure your family is prepared.