And unfortunately, humans are not the only species to be impacted by disasters, as was seen in the 2011 tsunami when many pet owners had to tragically leave their beloved pets behind (Japan Times article).
Here is a useful list of things to prepare, along with your emergency kit, to make sure that you can look after your pet even in dire circumstances.
Pet Emergency Kit
- Pet first aid kit (Large and small bandages, Scissors, Tweezers, Antibiotic Ointment, etc.)
- Food (3 days’ worth or more)
- Water (3 days’ worth or more)
- Your veterinarian’s information (phone number, address, etc.)
- Manual can opener
- Extra collar
- Extra leash
- Medical records (including vaccination records)
- Two-week supply of medications
- A crate or sturdy carrier
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
- Recent photo of you and your pet together (to help prove ownership in case of separation)
- Toys and bones
- Disposable litter trays
- Litter or paper towels
- Disposable bags for clean-up
So – do you have a back-up plan in case you cannot keep your pet with you at the evacuation center?
Have you identified one, two, or even three safe spaces to keep your pets in the event of a disaster?
Ready.Gov – Pets (pdf)
Seattle Government Website – Pet Preparedness (pdf)