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Disaster Preparation For Pets
One of the best ways to protect your family in a disaster
such as a flood is by having a good disaster
plan, and that plan should include your pet. After many
disasters, thousands of pets are left to fend for themselves,
and most are lost, injured or even killed. To keep this
from happing to your pet, consider the following.
Make A Disaster Kit For Your Pet Just as you should
have a disaster kit for your family in case of water
damage caused by a flood or other disaster, containing
important papers and other key items, you should prepare
a similar kit for your pets. It should contain the following:
- Medication and medical records (including proof
of rabies vaccination) in a waterproof container.
- Leashes, harnesses and carriers for transporting
- A muzzle if your pet requires one. Consider a muzzle
even if you have a gentle friendly dog. Even the friendliest
dog will snap or bite during the extreme distress
of a disaster, especially in a new area and/or if
the dog believes it is protecting you.
- Food and water for three days; a manual can opener.
- Cat litter and litter box.
- Current photo and description of your pet in case
you become separated.
- Name and phone number of your veterinarian.
- Insurance company contact information and policy
number, if you have pet insurance.
Find A Safe Place Ahead Of Time
- Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate
area to check policies on accepting pets.
- Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians
outside your area that might be able to shelter pets
in an emergency. Include emergency phone numbers.
- Ask your local Humane Society or emergency management
agency for information regarding community disaster
response plans which might include pets.
- In the event you are not home when disaster strikes,
make advance arrangements to have a friend pick up
your pet and meet you at a specified location.
- Make sure your friend knows where your Pet Emergency
Kit is located!
If You Evacuate, Take Your Pets
- Be prepared to leave early; donít wait for an official
evacuation, as you might be ordered to leave your
- Keep pets on leashes or in carriers at all times.
- Your pet should wear up-to-date identification at
all times. Consider including your cell phone number,
AND the phone number of a friend outside of the area,
in case you cannot be reached.
- If you must evacuate and, for some reason, cannot
take your pets, do not just leave your animals behind.
Evacuate them to a prearranged safe location if they
cannot stay with you during the evacuation period
(remember, pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters).
If there is a possibility that disaster may strike
while you are out of the house, there are precautions
you can take to increase your petsí chances of survival,
but they are not a substitute for evacuating with
After The Storm
- Once you return to your home, donít allow your pets
to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might
be gone, and your pet may be disoriented. Pets can
easily get lost in these situations.
- Be patient. Try to get your pets back into their
normal routines as soon as possible, and be on the
lookout for stress-related behavioral problems - if
these persist, talk to your veterinarian.
When you or a pet are injured, you really appreciate
a Paramedic being on the scene. When someone experiences
property damage, they really appreciate the arrival
of PuroClean The Paramedics of Property Damage. Regardless
of the circumstances damage from water, damage from
fire/smoke, mold remediation, or just an assessment,
these professionals are standing by and will mitigate
the loss to prevent further damage. They will then provide
restoration services to return
the property to a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.
All PuroClean offices have professional, well-trained
technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science
services to all property damaged from water, fire/smoke,
mold, and other disasters. For any emergency services
needs in Sacramento or surrounding areas call PuroClean
Home Rescue at 1-866-722-7876
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