Are you Ready to Shield Your Pet in a Catastrophe or Emergency? – American Humane


Catastrophe Preparedness

In an emergency, each second counts and it’s vital that you’re ready to guard your whole household – together with your pets. September is Nationwide Preparedness Month, and we’re honored to accomplice with Anheuser-Busch for the second annual “Put together For Your Pets” marketing campaign, increasing aid efforts and elevating consciousness of catastrophe preparedness for each individuals and pets. That is particularly vital as wildfires, warmth waves and hurricanes proceed to plague the globe.

We want to arm pet house owners with the information and instruments wanted to assist maintain their pets and households secure when catastrophe strikes. Having a catastrophe preparedness plan in place is not going to solely assist save the lives of our beloved animals, but additionally the lives of householders, volunteers and first responders.

Check with our guidelines and full a pet preparedness plan:

  • My cats and/or canines have safe collars with present ID tags, rabies vaccination tags and metropolis or county licenses (the place relevant). ID tags embody my title, handle, phone numbers (day and night) and my pet’s title.
  • I’ve the added safety precaution of getting my pets microchipped. Any microchip info is updated with my present contact info and handle.
  • I’ve a pet catastrophe preparedness equipment on the prepared with a two-week provide of water, meals and drugs in addition to vital provides and documentation, resembling a photograph of my pet.
  • My pet’s moveable provider is able to go at a second’s discover. The provider is giant sufficient for them to show round and lie down comfortably. I’ve practiced loading my pet into the provider.
  • I’ve recognized a secure area I can go along with my pets if I need to evacuate or search shelter. (Evacuation locations might embody a buddy or member of the family’s house, or a pet-friendly lodge.)
  • If I need to evacuate, I’m ready to take my pets with me and I’ve the means to move my pets to the secure area.

If I can not evacuate . . .

  • I’ve chosen a secure room for using out the emergency – an inside room with out home windows in which there’s room to shelter my whole household, together with my pets.
  • I’ve established which member of the family is answerable for my pet’s wants (who will seize the pet, the pet catastrophe preparedness equipment, provider, and many others.) and convey it to the secure room.
  • I do know my pet’s hiding locations. In case they’re fearful or attempt to run away, I can simply find them and convey them to security.
  • I can safe all exits, so my pet can not escape or run outdoors.
  • I’ll make sure the emergency has absolutely handed earlier than going outdoors and assessing damages. I’ll maintain my canine on a leash and/or cat in a provider to permit them time to turn out to be re-oriented and calm.

Congratulations on finishing your pet preparedness plan!

To discover ways to pack your pet catastrophe preparedness equipment, try this video that includes Amber from the American Humane Rescue workforce. For extra info on how you can put together for a catastrophe, go to


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