No one likes to think of disaster striking or the need to plan ahead for emergencies, but when it comes to taking care of your animals in these unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, it’s all about planning. It’s vital that we plan ahead of time to make sure that should this scary time come, we are ready to ensure the well being of our family members — both the two-legged and the four-legged. Sadly, often history has shown that natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and fires have left many pets abandoned, lost or harmed.

Having a ready-to-go emergency kit can be extremely helpful. Make sure to include your pet’s food, water, supplies, leashes, any needed medication, and always make sure your animals are microchipped as well as wearing a collar and tag just to be extra careful with their identification! If you don’t know how to make your pet’s emergency bag, consider purchasing one already designed for disaster preparedness such as the Save Your Pet Pack. This line of bags, some created for people to wear and others for pets to wear, comes with emergency supplies included. They were designed to free your hands so that you can grab your pet and run out the door during a time of urgency.

Knowing your pet’s hiding places so that you can always find them should you need to evacuate fast is also an important tip. In short, please remember: our pets count on us. When emergency strikes, it’s best to be ready so that you can lead them to safety with you. For more information on emergency preparedness, click here!

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