You can't prevent disasters or accidents, but you can be prepared if they strike. Remember, if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pets.
If you are asked to evacuate in an emergency situation, have a 72-hour pet emergency kit ready to go along with the rest of your family's emergency supplies. It should include:
- Always have a collar with ID tag, city license tag and rabies tag on the pet.
- Proof of current shots and health records in a waterproof container such as a freezer bag.
- Current photo of pet.
- Food and water bowls with enough food and water for three days. Remember to keep the food in a watertight container.
- Pet carrier with bedding
- Plastic bags to dispose of pet droppings and other waste
- Manual can opener for canned food
- First Aid kit
- Grooming supplies
- Paper towels/wet wipes
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- Cat litter and litter box
The most important thing you can do to protect your pets and the rest of your family when the unexpected happens is to plan ahead.
To find a hotel or motel that accepts pets check out http://www.petswelcome.com/ or http://www.takeyourpet.com/.
For more information on emergency planning call 630-CITY (2489).