Planning For An Emergency When Your Pet Is Concerned

Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you have a disaster kit? Do you know what the plan is for you and your family in the case of flood, fire, accident or some other unforeseen event?

Emergencies can strike at any moment without warning. We have certainly seen that with various earthquakes and storms across the country in recent years.

If your family is prepared, then a gold star for you!

But are you prepared when it comes to your pets? Having a plan for your human family members is a great start. Your pets rely on you to keep them safe and should be included in all your disaster planning.

If you are planless, there is no time like the present to get organised. And we can help you do it…

Planning For An Emergency When Your Pet Is Concerned

If you leave the house because of an emergency, your pet must come with you. If you are not feeling safe at home, then your animal isn’t safe either. Plus, if you are required to leave, you have no way of knowing how long it will be until you return.

Obviously you can predict when an emergency will strike. Some are nationwide, some are localised to your town, and some might only impact your family. It can be hard to anticipate what is going to happen. But, there are some essential steps you can take to ensure all the members of your household are taken care of should disaster strike.

Transport

Whether you have a furry, hooved or feathered friend, make sure you have a safe way to transport them. Keep their harness, collar and leash, transport carrier or secure box in a place that is easy to get to. Check them regularly to make sure they are in working order.

Accommodation

You may need to stay somewhere outside of your neighbourhood for a while. Make arrangements in advance. Research pet-friendly accommodation or ask friends and family if they can take care of your pet at their place in the event of an emergency.

Keep a list handy on the fridge, as a file note on your phone, or with your disaster kit.

Supplies

Pack emergency supplies for your pet in with your own supplies. You will need enough drinking water for everyone, plus food to last for several days for your animal. Throw in a familiar blanket or toy for security, and stash a week’s worth of essential medications if your pet has health issues. Keep their health records and any identifying documents in a resealable plastic bag in your kit.

Don’t forget a can opener, water and food bowls, litter tray and litter, plastic bags and newspaper.

Emergency Packs

Disaster may strike when you are away from home or if you are unable to communicate about your pets. Investing in a pet emergency pack will let the right people know that you have pets at home that need caring for.

Our special packs help ensure your pets are not forgotten and include the following:

Decal/sticker - This simple sticker fixes to the wall or window of your house. Merely fill in the info saying how many pets you have (and what type), write your emergency contact numbers, and attach it somewhere obvious for people to spot when they come to your house.

Wallet cards (x2) - These will list the relevant info about your pets and are designed to be stashed in your wallet. If you are sick or injured, people will be aware that you have pets at home that need to be taken care of.

Key chain cards (x2) - These essential items will tell people they need to look in your wallet for your emergency pet info.

You can grab your pet emergency pack by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also offer a stockist’s pack if you would like to have these available in your store or clinic. Contact us for more info on this.

 

Identification

In spite of your best efforts, if disaster strikes, you may be separated from your pet. Make sure they have a clear ID tag with up to date contact info, or better yet, have a microchip inserted if you are able to. Then, someone will always be able to contact you and get your pet back to you when things settle down.

Accidents Or Personal Issues

Not all disasters are of the epic proportion. Perhaps you end up in hospital due to an accident or are unable to return home to care for your pet for some other reason. Chat with friends and family members now and create a short list of people who would be willing to care for your pet if needed.

Store names and phone numbers in your phone or a safe space, along with any special instructions. Don’t forget to include how to find this info on your emergency wallet cards and window decal!

As the old saying goes: expect the best but prepare for the worst. Most likely, you will never have to make use of any of these measures. But if you do, the safety of your pet will be one less thing you need to worry about.