If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a pet of some sort. A dog or cat can bring a lot of joy to your life, but it also comes with responsibility. It’s your duty to ensure that animal’s well-being, even when SHTF.
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Disaster preparedness for pets is similar to that for humans. They need 72 hours worth of food and water. They need identification in case they get lost. But there are some special considerations when it comes to pets.
The emergency supply kit should contain documentation, including a pet first-aid reference book and a list of possible shelters for the animal, with the name, address, and phone number of these safe havens. Additionally, Dr. Hexum recommends that your animal’s medical records be kept in a waterproof container and stored in the emergency supply kit.
Dr. Hexum says to remember that there will be chaos in the event of an emergency, so being prepared to keep your animals safe will eliminate one additional source of worry.
Do you have a disaster plan for your pet? Do you have any advice for unusual pets, or those with special needs? Let us know in the comments.
Pets hold a very special place in every owner’s heart. It doesn’t matter how much it costs to keep them because the animals make humans happy. What’s even more baffling is that in spite of the things that we do for them, there never really is complete reciprocity.
The dog, cat, mouse, among others are considered no less than a family member. It therefore makes sense to include them in disaster preparedness. The pain felt when a pet is lost is just like losing a loved one so it is only fair to save its life when a disruptive event comes.