Evacuating Pets in an Emergency
While we are all hope we never have to face a dangerous situation, we need to be prepared. As pet owners we have the responsibility of ensuring the safe evacuation of pets. How can you be ready in the event of an emergency?
Be prepared to leave
In the event of an emergency such as fire, flooding and storms, you may be required to leave your home with short notice. While you should always ensure your safety first, you should never leave your pet. Animals can not care for themselves. The best way to be ready is to have a carrier ready. This should be stored in an any easy to reach place. Test the carrier out. Have your pet go inside. Ensure they fit, that you can carry it with ease and it’s good quality.
Have an evacuation plan
We can’t prepare for every possibility, but we can have a plan in mind. Depending on the emergency you may need to leave by foot, car or perhaps relocate to an area assigned by emergency services. Whatever the case, you need to be prepared. Ensure you have supplies for your pet in a small bag ready to go. If you can’t take your pet with you, have someone such a a friend or relative care for your pet until it is safe to return.
ID your pet
Emergency situations are highly stressful. Animals can become frightened and panicked. Always, always, always ensure your pet has proper identification. If your pet does panic and runs away, you are more likely to be reunited if they have up-to-date identification. Always have a current photo of your pet as well so you can share with neighbours and shelters.
Being prepared is always the best plan. No matter how unlikely you think an emergency situation may be, have a plan. Often emergency situations are unexpected. It doesn’t take long to have a prepare and it could end up saving your pet’s life.