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— July 5, 2019

Prepper Pets

  • Fires, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters force thousands of Americans to hit the road in a hurry each year. And while keeping a bug-out bag for your household’s human residents is crucial, it’s just as important to accommodate your pets, too.
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When planning for emergencies, don’t forget your furry family members.

Fires, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters force thousands of Americans to hit the road in a hurry each year. And while keeping a bug-out bag for your household’s human residents is crucial, it’s just as important to accommodate your pets, too. Experts offer the following advice:

  • Before disaster strikes, think of where you would go with your pet: A relative’s or friend’s house? A hotel? A shelter? Federal law requires local emergency management teams to address the issue of people with pets; find out what resources may be available in your area.
  • Create a kit for each pet that includes, at a bare minimum, enough supplies for 72 hours: food, water, medications, documentation, sanitation supplies, extra leashes, a blanket, and paper towels. Also, include a collar with your pet’s name plus your name and contact info.
  • Always place your pet in a crate or carrier when an emergency hits; if you have multiple pets, put them in separate enclosures. Even normally chill animals can become panicky or scared under abnormal conditions.
  • If you’re going to ride it out, find the safest room in your house (one without windows, for starters) and keep your emergency prep supplies there. Secure all exits so your pets can’t escape.
  • If you do have to evacuate, do not leave your pet behind. There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find each other later on—or that he or she will be able to survive without you. Consider having your pet micro-chipped to make recovery easier if you are separated, and keep a photo of your pet(s) with you

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