June is National Pet Preparedness Month a good opportunity for you to prepare your pets in the event of a wildfire
The month of June is National Pet Preparedness Month. This is a good time to think about getting things prepared for your pet in case you have to evacuate because of an approaching wildfire. When an evacuation notice comes, there is not a lot of time to get you and your loved ones including your pets packed up and ready to go.
NFPA’s TakeAction website has some great no cost information and resources for you to get your pets ready. Getting a kit with necessities for your pet ready in a backpack or easy to grab bag will insure that you have everything they will need to be comfortable and well taken care of. Make sure that you know where your pet’s crate is and have practiced getting them into the crate.
Items suggested to include in a Go Bag for your pet include:
- Pen or pencil
- Pet food (Pack what your pet is used to eating not something new to prevent illness or an allergic reaction)
- Blanket or toy
- Bowls or plastic dishes
- Collar, harness, leash
- Litter and litter pan
- Notepad for documenting special details and needs
- One or two flash drives; (to store all of the information below which should also be written out in a notepad): 1. List of important phone numbers, veterinarian, neighbor, pet-friendly hotels in the area, 2. Pet vaccination records, 3. Ownership records: adoption paperwork, registration, health insurance information, license information, 4. Medication information including copies of current prescriptions, 5. Special needs information; (emotional or behavioral needs, special diet needs, and allergies).
Check out NFPA’s take action site for information about getting your small pet or large animal ready in case there is an emergency. FEMA’s Ready.gov website also has resources to help you prepare your pet. Being better prepared before an event will make it easier for you and your pet.