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Jun 04, 2019

Being prepared is essential to surviving any disaster, but does your emergency plan include your fur babies?

For many, pets are part of the family. It is important to develop an emergency plan for your four-legged family members.

One step you can take is to pack pet supplies into your emergency supply kit. Keep at least three days of food and water for your pets. Make sure your kit also includes medicine and medical records for your pet(s); a first aid kit specifically for animals; a collar with an ID tag; and a harness or a leash. It is also important to keep an extra pet carrier; as well as sanitation supplies such as kitty litter, a litter box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and/or household bleach. Finally, include a selfie of you and your pet in the event you become separated and need to prove ownership and/or locate your missing animal.

In addition to pet supplies, it is important to have a plan for your pet. Try to secure places in advance where you can shelter your animal(s) if you need to evacuate your home. These locations can include homes of family or friends; pet-friendly hotels; or kennels.

Plan with neighbors, family members or friends who can care for your pets if you are unable to following an emergency. It is important to familiarize your animals with these caregivers in advance.

Finally, maintain a list of contacts of animal organizations such as the Humane Society, the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), and Lied Animal Shelter. If you and your pet become separated during a disaster, your pet may end up at one of these locations.

Disasters affect pets as well as humans. A few steps can help keep your furry friends safe.