Are You Prepared for an Emergency Evacuation?
Are Your Pets? Will You Know What to Do and What to Bring? If you are forced to evacuate your home because of an emergency, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!
Report by Paula Antolini
January 23, 2016 11:50AM EDT
Snow Storm Emergency Evacuation Checklist for Families and Pets
Are You Prepared for an Emergency Evacuation?
Are Your Pets? Will You Know What to Do and What to Bring?
If you are forced to evacuate your home because of an emergency, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! On October 6, 2006, legislation made it law, that requires pets to be included in disaster evacuation plans. The law is called Pets Evacuation, Transportation Standards Act (PETS) along with CT Public Act 07-11 which requires all CT municipalities to also plan for pets. Pets cannot survive on their own; so don’t forget to make preparations for your pets. Pets, just like any other member of your family have the their own special needs.
Here is a small list of tips to get you started. Please view the links below for more in-depth planning and information
• Don’t leave your pet at home! While most evacuations last only a few days, there are times that you may not be able to return quickly. The safest place for your pet is with you.
• If you are going to a hotel, call ahead and make sure, in advance that animals are welcome. For on-line information regarding pet friendly hotels please visit the links to the right.
• Be sure that your pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations and bring proof of vaccinations with you. It is a good idea to ask your veterinarian now for a copy of your pet’s vaccination record. Keep this with your emergency kit.
• If your pets on medication or special diet, bring at least 1 week supply
• IDENTIFICATION OF YOUR PET IS CRUCIAL! The ideal form of identification is a microchip or tatoo. At minimum, your pet should have a tag with his/her name, your name, and your phone number on it. Pictures of your pet that capture identification features are also a good idea.
Before a disaster strikes, each household should developed a plan that will include all of their pets. To ensure the plan is functional, it must be practiced before a disaster occurs. Every 3 months, the plan should be reexamined and updated and changes made known to the entire family. Below are items that should be included in a family and animal evacuation go kit.
FAMILY GO KIT:
• Flashlight and plenty of extra batteries or emergency crank-rechargeable battery lights
• Portable, battery-operated ( and extra batteries) or an emergency radio with crank-rechargeable batteries.
• First-aid kit and manual
• Supply of nonperishable food and water for 72 hours
• Manual can/bottle opener and spoon
• Essential medications
• Cash and credit cards
• Important family documents and veterinary records
• Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member.
• Animal evacuation kit.
SMALL ANIMAL EVACUATION KIT
• Provide a list of animals, how they can be identified (Breed, age, gender, collar, microchip, etc.) AND include a comment regarding the behavioral quirks of each (“easily frightened, ” possible biter,” “likely to hind in the laundry room during a storm,” “afraid of lightening,” etc.).
• Provide an emergency contact list that includes your personal information and contact information of the neighbor(s) and your veterinarian
• A map of the area with possible evacuation routes or alternative sheltering with names, contact information, and location
• Two-week supply of food ( dry and/or canned)
• Manual can opener
• Spill proof food and water dishes
• Two-week supply of water in large plastic jugs with secure lids
• Feeding instructions for each animal. Include foods to avoid in the event of individual animal allergies.
• Provide copies of veterinary records and proof of ownership (registration papers, rabies tag, certificates, digital or color photographs, etc)
• Pet First Aid Kit
• Pet medications. List each animal separately and include the name of the drug, dosage ad frequency of administration. For drugs requiring special handling (i.e. refrigeration), indicate where the drug is located so the rescuer may easily access the medication
• Cage/carrier for each animal. Each should be labeled with the pets information as well as your contact information
• Familiar items to make the pets feel more comfortable
• Newspaper for bedding
• Paper towels
• Heavy duty trash bags
•Heavy duty gloves for handling cats
• Leash and collar or harness for each animal
• Litter, litter pan, litter scoop
• Muzzles (canine and feline)
• Stakes or tie-outs.