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Pets and Emergency Preparedness
The importance of being prepared for disasters and emergencies extends to the fury, four legged members of your family as well. However, preparedness tips for pets are much the same as they are for their humans;
1. Make a plan
2. Have an emergency kit
3. Stay informed
The federal government website Ready.gov is a great resource for all your family's pet preparedness needs. The video below explains how you can ensure the safety of your four legged, furry loved ones.
One of the most important preparedness steps you can take to ensure the safety of your pets is to have a properly stocked emergency kit ready to go for EACH of your pets.
This being Texas we can not forget about the larger animals which we may find in our community. Not all pets comfortably fit in your lap! If you have horses, goats, pigs and cattle on your property you can plan for their safety as well.
Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
Evacuate animals earlier, whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to a barn or turn them loose outside.
For more information on emergency and disaster preparedness for large animals and livestock you can visit The American Veterinary Association.
For more information on Pets and Emergency Preparedness you may visit the organizations below.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
American Red Cross Pet Disaster Preparedness & Recovery
Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team
Ready.gov - Prepare Your Pets for Disasters