How to keep your pets safe during a natural disaster or emergency - FOX13 News Memphis

How to keep your pets safe during a natural disaster or emergency – WPXI

During an emergency or natural disaster, there are a lot of things that come up. Most importantly, you need to make sure that everyone in your home is safe, including your pets.

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according to American Red CrossHere are some tips for keeping your cat or dog safe during a disaster:

  1. Remember, if a home is not safe for humans, it is also not safe for them, so make arrangements to get your pets out safely. Make sure you have an evacuation plan in place for you and your pets. One way to do this is to create a contingency plan. This should include places where you can take your pets if you have to evacuate, which may include hotels, shelters, relatives, friends, and boarding facilities. according to Red CrossYou will need to ensure that your pets’ vaccinations are up to date and that they are wearing their collars with current and up-to-date information.
  2. Create an emergency kit or have one ready to go. This should include food, bowls, water, cat litter, medicine, bags, blankets, towels, leashes, tools, carriers, crates, current photos of your cat or dog, information about your pet, and any toys or pet beds that are easy to transport. Best Friends Animal Society Contains a more detailed list about her website.
  3. Red Cross She suggests for livestock and other animals to move them to higher areas, give yourself time, and if you can bring them indoors, do so. You’ll want to plan ahead because they’ll need to evacuate, too.

according to Best Friends Animal SocietyAnd the One of the best ways to overcome an emergency is to remain calm. This way, you can clearly plan the next steps and it will also help your pets to keep calm.

“If local officials indicate that a major threat will affect your area and an evacuation is likely, you will need to make sure you have plenty of time to find and secure your pets, so don’t wait until the last minute to start the evacuation process. Be aware that your pets’ behavior during And after an emergency evacuation it may differ from their behavior during their normal daily routine. Pets may be under extreme stress as danger approaches, so be very careful when handling them as they may be frightened, trying to escape or biting,” Best Friends Animal Society said In a press release.

Best Friends Animal Society He suggests making sure you have a five-day post-emergency plan for your pets whether it includes shelter support or temporary placements with family members. Local rescue groups may also be able to help.

“Emergency situations can happen at any time, so it is critical that people who have pets be as prepared as possible for any potential evacuation or shelter in place that may last hours, days, weeks, or even longer. A good first step is to Know what risks are most likely to affect your community, whether it be wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, extreme heat or cold. Then, plan accordingly with a response to each scenario.” Best Friends Animal said on its website.

More information can be found at The Humane Society of the United States website Including information on disaster planning for livestock, horses, birds, and more. Ready.govThe website for “also contains additional information. Red Cross website Also contains more pet safety information her website like that.

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