September is National Preparedness Month and we’d like to remind all pet owners to include your pets in your emergency plans. Southern California is subject to many types of natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, and floods. Local emergencies such as power outages, chemical spills, or other events can also disrupt normal activities. Being prepared for these situations will help you protect your pet before disaster strikes.
Pet owners are much more likely to evacuate early when they are prepared, have a plan, and have a kit (stay at home kit and on the go kit). We strongly encourage pet owners to keep a kit at home and a kit at work.
Your kit should include:
• Pet first-aid kit
• Supply of food/water/medications/treats
• Copies of pets’ licenses and vaccinations
• Photographs of your pets
• Microchip information
• Portable radio with extra batteries
• Buckets or bowls for feed/water
• Emergency contact list
• Flashlights with extra batteries
• Cell phone with chargers
• Blankets or sheets
• Disposable bags for clean-up
• Duct tape
• Wire cutters
What else can I do to prepare for an emergency?
• Plan and familiarize yourself with multiple escape routes
• Get to know your neighbors in case you are not home and need their help
• Have easy access to vet records in case you need to board your pet(s)
• Make sure your pets are licensed and microchipped, and your contact information is current with the registries!
Remember our pets are our family members and it is a good practice to prepare for their needs when we are preparing for emergencies.