May 8th is National Animal Preparedness Day. This day highlights the importance of having a disaster plan in place for your pets. Pets are so important to us and enrich our lives in so many ways. Pets have even been enlisted in the fire service to help search for victims in emergencies and sniff out accelerants that may have started fires as arson dogs, police dogs, and service dogs. They do so much for us and provide us with unconditional love. Part of loving our pets is providing for their health and safety. NFPA’s wildfire safety page for youth, TakeAction, has a checklist that can help you prepare a pet evacuation plan. Having a tub or backpack ready for your pet in the event of an emergency makes it easy for you to provide for their needs in the event of an evacuation with little notice.
Some items to include:
- Adoption records
- Vaccination records
- Pet insurance policies
- Dietary restrictions
- Copies of Municipal or County license tags and paperwork
- Copies of microchip paperwork
- Copies of medication paperwork and contact information for your pet’s vet.
- Leash and harness
- List of pet-friendly hotels
- Food and for seven days if canned a can opener and spoon
- Feeding and watering bowls and more!
For a more detailed list download our free pet preparedness checklist. There is also a checklist available online for horses.
If there is a wildfire in your area, it is a good idea to locate your pets if they are outdoors and bring them inside to make easier to prepare them for an evacuation as well as save time when you have to leave. Preparing yourself and your pets in the event of a wildfire will make it safer for them. As we celebrate our pets let us also provide for their safety and ours. To learn more about how you can prepare your home, family and pets for a wildfire event visit the Firewise website.