With May 8, 2013 recognized as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino joins the Los Angeles Fire Department in reminding you to plan for disasters with pets, horses and livestock in mind:
There are three simple steps you can take today!
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- Ensure your pet is wearing a collar with your current contact information. Because you may be mobile in a crisis, be sure to include your cell phone number on your pet's identification tag.
- Create a basic disaster kit with enough dry food and water for each animal to last at least five days. Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container will prove helpful, as will garbage bags to collect pet waste.
- Have sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers you can use to transport animals safely in an emergency.
You're all working on your personal and family disaster and emergency preparedness, right? A little each month, building your supplies, making your house safe, etc? Well don't forget those who can't prepare, your pets! What would you do about your pets if you had to leave your house NOW for an extended period, and where you were uncertain your house was going to be there when you got back? Or maybe just that you couldn't buy supplies for them for a 7-14+ day period?
No need to worry, just think and prepare, it's MUCH less stressful if you do it now than in that last moment...
Just think P4YP ("PAP"), Prep For Your Pooch... (because they can't)