Pet Safety and Disaster Preparedness
Mother Nature is unpredictable no matter the season—especially here on the East Coast! That’s why it’s so important to be prepared when disaster strikes. Creating your own escape plan is one thing, but what about your pet? What can you do to ensure their safety in case of an emergency evacuation?
In fact, there are a lot of things you can do to prepare them for the worst. Aside from keeping an eye on the latest weather reports and having emergency contacts on your phone, you should also have supplies and important identification for your pet in case you both need to leave home.
You may not be a veterinarian, but you can still help your pet if they become sick or injured. Courtesy of AVMA, you should have the following basic supplies in your pet’s first-aid kit:
- All of your pet’s medical records
- The number for the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435)
- Gauze for wrapping wounds or muzzling your pet
- Adhesive bandage tape
- Nonstick bandages or clean strips of cloth
- Activated charcoal or milk of magnesia
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A digital thermometer and petroleum jelly
- A leash and muzzle
- Eye dropper
- Disposable gloves (non-latex)
- Cotton balls/swabs
- Blunt-ended scissors
- Sterile saline solution
- Pet carrier
You can also purchase pre-assembled first-aid kits for your pets if you do not have the items listed above.
The “Go Bag”
“Go bags” are essential for emergency evacuations. When time is of the essence, you should always have a “go bag” ready so that you and your pet can make a quick exit. Click on the links below to download and print “go bag” instructions for your cat or dog.