In a press release dated Sep. 9, 2013, the Humane Society of the United States urged owners to consider their pets when packing an emergency preparedness kit for national disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms.
In the press release, Wanda Merling, senior manager of disaster response for The HSUS said: “It is crucial that residents are prepared to keep their pets inside if they are able to stay at home or to take pets with them if asked to evacuate in the face of a potentially destructive storm. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.”
Pet owners in all geographic regions are susceptible to natural disasters of some type. A good emergency kit is critical to keeping your family safe.
The HSUS recommends that emergency kits include the following pet-related items:
- Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, waterproof container, and drinking water. Be sure to include a can opener if including canned food.
- Bowls for food and water
- Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings. Ideally you should also be in the photo.
- Medications, vaccination records and pet first aid supplies
- Comfort items such as a toy and blanket
- Small garbage bags
- Paper towels
- For dogs include: leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area.
- For cats include: litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport
(Source: Humane Society of the United States)
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