Time to review your emergency plan

posted May 24th, 2013 by
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As I’m sure most people have in this state, I once spent an evening crouched in the closet with my 2 dogs and 4 cats.

That’s us in the picture. I’m sure the cats were hiding behind all the clothes.

Thankfully, nothing came of the severe weather that night. However, earlier this week many folks in our state did not have that same fortune.

Living in tornado alley, most of us by now have emergency plans for severe weather. But have you included your pets in those plans?

Some of the most important things you can do are make sure your pet has an ID, include pet supplies in your disaster kit and take your pet with you if you decide to take shelter somewhere other than your home.

Ideally, each animal wears a collar with tag and is microchipped.

Now is a good time to do things like review and update the information on your pet’s tag and microchip if needed. Have you recently moved or changed your cell phone number?

Making sure this information is updated will increase your chances of being reunited with your pet in the event of a disaster.

As for your disaster kit, make sure you have non-perishable food and bottled water for your family members and each of your pets. Any medications and medical records, cat litter, waste bags, leashes, harnesses, carriers and current photos and descriptions of your pets are other items you may want to consider.

Get more information on disaster preparedness, including more common disasters such as heat waves and power loss at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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