September is National Preparedness Month, so here are some tips on preparing your dog for a disaster.
First of all, you should have a pet alert sticker on your window with the number and type of pets you have, in case you are not home and first responders need to rescue your pets. If you are able to evacuate with your pets, try to remember to write "evacuated" on the sticker. You can get a sticker from the ASPCA or other sources. The ASPCA also has helpful information on disaster preparation.
Bring your pets indoors at the first sign of a storm or other disaster so they don't get scared and run off.
Plan ahead of time for a place to take your pets. Ideally you will be able to take them with you to a shelter or hotel, or to stay with friends or family, but it may be necessary to take them to a temporary shelter. Under no circumstances should you leave your pets behind! Also take time to plan your evacuation route ahead of time.
Designate someone ahead of time, such as a neighbor who is usually home, to enter your home and take care of your pets if you can't make it home. Make sure they have a key to your house.
Assemble an emergency kit and keep it near an exit. You can probably keep some of the items in your car as well. The kit should contain items such as:
a first aid kit
a week's worth of food
bottled water (a week's worth for each person and pet)
poop bags and gallon zip bags
wet wipes and hand sanitizer
food and water dishes
copies of medical records
crate or travel bag for each pet
list of emergency contacts (veterinarian, shelter, etc.)
In case your dog does get away, you should have a recent picture to use for lost dog posters, as well as additional pictures with you to prove that it is your dog (both digital and hard copy if possible).
Make sure your dog is microchipped and that the company has your current address and phone number. Someone out of the area should also have copies of all identification information in case it is not available during the disaster.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's "Ready Page" has helpful forms and information about disaster preparation as well, to help you construct your disaster plan. Colorado has already experienced several adverse events such as fires and floods in recent months, and you will be glad you have prepared if disaster strikes.