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Taking Care of Your Own Pets


YOu must be prepared and be able to help yourself before you help others. Everyone should have a small disaster kit located in their own home that contains essential items that you may need in times of a disaster (flashlights, medical record, first aid kit, batteries, etc.). You must also prepare for your own pets in the event of a disaster. A small disaster pack for your pets will help reduce stress, time and energy if a disaster strikes.


Pet Disaster Kit


Items to be packed up and stored:

  • Copies of current medical records including vaccinations
  • Extra leash and collars
  • Identification tags of all collars or harnesses
  • Current photographs and written descriptions of your pets
  • Extra bowls
  • Small bag of cat litter and small cat litter box
  • can opener
  • number for veterinarian extra towels


Items of checklist that might be brought if disaster occurs:

  • Two week supply of any medications needed should always be kept in the house
  • Carrier
  • Two week supply of food should always be kept in the house
  • Pet beds
  • Pet toys
  • 3 day supply of water


It's important to find people or facilities outside of your residential area that may be able to take your pets during a disaster. Ask friends and family if they are willing to care for your pets before a disaster occurs. Locate boarding shelters and hotels in and around your area. Keep those numbers in an accessible area, so that when a disaster strikes you can call them quickly. 


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