Pet Disaster Preparedness

Last December’s wind storm, and recent snowfall have made it clear Peninsula residents need to plan ahead.  Saturday, May 11 is National Disaster Animal Preparedness Day. I’m posting today to hopefully give everyone reading a gentle nudge on a preparedness kit for your household.

Approach this project creatively, and you may find you’re better prepared for yourself as well.  And please keep in mind you may not be able to shelter in place.

Use a Buddy System.  Pair up with a friend or neighbor, or two, and agree to support each other in case of an emergency where you find yourself separated from your animals.  Familiarize yourself with their animals, any special needs, and the location of their emergency supplies.

Store your supplies in a lidded bin on wheels.  Remember to rotate prescriptions, food and water, and check other supplies for freshness.

First Aid– Group in Labeled Water Tight Containers, or Zip Bags

  1. MEDICINE- 30 day supply of prescriptions, Benadryl or Apis mellifica for stings, stypic powder/stick to stop bleeding, antibiotic cream, sterile saline eye wash, ear cleaner 
  2. BANDAGES- Various sizes gauze, cotton squares, elastic bandage, bandage tape, antiseptic wipes or moist towelettes, cotton swabs
  3. TOOLS- Nail clippers, blunt nose scissors, tweezers, thermometer, disposable gloves, heat/cold packs

Pet Identification and Records – If you’re separated from your petshave printed documents ready in aSealable Folder or Zip Bag:

  1. Flyers
    • Pictures of each animal including identifying markings
    • pictures with family members
    • Microchip info
    • Vet info
    • Special needs / Allergies / Behavior Issues
    • Contact and Alternative/Emergency contact information
  2. Vaccination or Titer Records
  3. Copies of City/County License Registrations

Food & Water for 2+ weeks 

  1. Canned – remember the can opener, spoons
  2. Dehydrated meals – amazing shelf life without refrigeration, takes less space, won’t turn rancid – remember extra bottled water
  3. Canned broth, sardines, tuna – to temp the stressed or picky eater

Notice I didn’t list kibble food. The risk of moisture related mold spoilage and heat causing rancidity is high in the less than normal environment typical of a natural disaster situation.

Shelter and Daily Needs

         Animals will feel the stress you’re feeling, and will need the same comforts you need.  A few things to make it easier for both of you:

  • Harness or collar with printed name and phone, 6 foot leash
  • Collapsible Bowls, Brush, Toys, Poo Bags / Kitty Litter
  • Towels or Blanket
  • Folding crate – typically required if you are evacuated 
  • Trash bags, small flashlight or head lamp
  • Sharpie pen, pencil(s), memo book, extra zip bags
  • Unscented Castile soap for shampoo or dish soap
  • Baking soda, vinegar, scrub sponge for general cleaning, odor absorption, drying agent