Do you have an Emergency Plan for your Pet during a Disaster?
If you are a pet owner and lover like we are at SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello the thought a big storm has just rolled through or your area has just survived a natural disaster. Just like having a plan for your family you need to have a disaster plan for your pets. Here in Bannock County we may not experience a hurricane or tornado but we do have harsh wildfire seasons, flooding, and earthquakes. Be prepared and have a plan because planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pets safe when a disaster strike!
6 Tips To Creat An Emergency Plan For Your Pet.
- Microchip your pets: Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure you are reunited with your pet if you are separated. We are always hearing on the news how lost animal travel an uncreditable distance to find their owner. More often than not this isn’t the case. Please make sure you keep the microchip info updated: address or phone number changes are commonly overlooked. If you don’t update the information it is useless. You could also list an emergency number of a friend or family member who resides outside of your area.
- Keep A Collar and Tag on ALL Dogs & Cats: Make sure you have the pets name and at least your current phone number (and address if possible) on the tag. ID on indoor cats is especially important, if there is a disaster they could easily escape.
- Identify Local Animal Shelters: Know where the local animal shelters are located in case your pet does get lost. Have a current picture as well to help identify them.
- Locate a Local Veterinary Clinic: Know where the local veterinarian or animal hospital is in case your pet needs medical care.
- Plan a Pet Friendly-Place to Stay: If a disaster hits and you are not able to stay in your home a good tip is to search in advance of pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities or somewhere you can stay. Many emergency shelters are not pet friendly.
- Prepare and Emergency Kit for EACH Animal: Some basic items to be in an emergency kit for your pets during a disaster are: one-week food supply, one-week fresh water, medication you pet may need, copies of vaccination records, current picture of you with your pets to identity them and claim ownership, temporary ID tags with the contact info of someone in an unaffected area, carrier and/or leash for each animal. Store these items in an easy to grab container.
The last thing you want after and emergency or disaster is to have something happen to your furry family members.
About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello
SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.