Caring for Your Pets During an Emergency Evacuation

Include your pets in your emergency response plan.

During a major natural disaster, you and your family may be forced to bunker down or even evacuate your home. If this happens to your family, you may not know what you should do to keep your pets safe. Here are some of the emergency precautions to employ for your furry friends.

  • Emergency Preparation

There are several precautions you can take now to ensure your pets are ready for an emergency situation. First, make sure all your pets are microchipped and that each has ID tags with your most updated contact information. This way you will have a better chance of being reunited with your pet if you are accidentally separated.

In preparation for an emergency, you should also have a kit for each of your pets that includes supplies such as a carrier, food and water, bedding, toys, medications, and important documents (like shot records, registration information, and so on).

  • Sheltering During an Evacuation

While some evacuation shelters will offer accommodations for pets, others will require you to shelter your pets elsewhere. If your friends and family members are unable to watch your pets, you can contact a local veterinary clinic to see if they have pet boarding facilities. You can also head to the Humane Society’s website here for other pet boarding information.

These are some of the steps you should take to care for your pets during a natural disaster or other emergency situation. Want another way to take care of your pets and other loved ones? Make sure you have the right insurance protections in place. For assistance with your coverage needs, contact the experts at Duane Weber Insurance Inc. in Kent, Washington to get started today.