A Disaster Plan For Your Pet

September 29, 2008 at 7:19 am 1 comment

Pets are important parts of our family, so when you create your own family disaster plan, don’t forget to include them, too. You can organize your pet’s information and supplies beforehand so you are prepared to take care of them if something unexpected happens.

Your pet should always where a collar with identification information and rabies tag. If you would ever get separated during a disaster, this is the best way to ensure that you will find your way back to each other. Consider microchipping or enrolling your pet in a pet recovery database.

You can prepare a pet emergency supply kit similar to the one you have for your family. Here’s what to include, according to a pamphlet from www.ready.gov.:

  • A 3-day supply of food
  • A 3-day supply of water
  • An extra supply of medications, stored in a waterproof container
  • Medical records
  • A harness or leash
  • A crate or pet carrier
  • A first aid kit for animals, including cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution, and a pet first aid reference book.
  • Sanitation supplies, such as a litter box and litter. Also include paper towels, plastic trash bags, and chlorine bleach.
  • A picture of you and your pet together, as well as a detailed description of your pet (species, breed, age, sex, color, etc.)
  • Familiar items, such as treats, toys, or blankets.

Keep these things together in a waterproof tote or container and have them easy accessible.

As you plan ahead for your own safety, make sure you include provisions for your pet. If you have to evacuate and can’t take your pet with you, know who can provide care for you. Stay informed of the situation around you to protect your pets’ safety as well as your own.

Kathy Jenkins is a Professional Organizer based in Richmond, VA. Through her business, Come To Order, she offers residential professional organizing services tailored to meet the specific needs of her clients, and operates a retail site for organizing products, OrganizedAtoZ.com. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD), Faithful Organizers, and Women Entrepreneurs of Virginia, and serves as marketing director of NAPO Richmond. You may contact her through her website at www.cometoorderva.com.


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  • 1. Bill  |  September 30, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Great information. Could you talk more about Pet first aid kits?


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