Protecting the citizens of Guernsey County through outreach and coordination for all-hazards.
Emergency Preparedness – Pets
Don’t Forget About Your Pets!
When putting together your family’s emergency supply kit, remember to include items for your pet(s). Here are some suggestions:
Food – At least a 3 day supply of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
Water – Store at least 3 days of water for yourself, family and pets.
Medicines and medical records – Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes in waterproof container with a copy of medical records.
First Aid kit – Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency needs. Items such as cotton bandage rolls, tape, scissors, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, antibiotic ointment, etc.
Collar with ID tag, harness or leash – Your pet should wear a collar with rabies tag and identification at all times. You may want to ask your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
Crate or other pet carrier – If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you. Don’t leave them behind as it may be several days or weeks until you can return home.
Sanitation – Include litter and a litter box, newspapers, paper towels, trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.
Add a picture of you and your pet together in case you become separated.
Put some favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can reduce stress for your pet.
Create a Plan to get away in case you need to evacuate. Assess the situation and take your pets with you. Keep in mind that many public shelters may not allow your pet inside. Find out in advance where pet friendly shelters are located. Consider family or friends who may be willing to take you and your pets in during an emergency. Other options include a hotel, kennel or possibly a veterinarian’s office. Develop a buddy plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise as conditions change. Have a back up plan just in case.
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If you have large animals-
If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare for a disaster and have a plan.
Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
Evacuate animals whenever possible.
Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal.
Also make available experienced drivers and handlers. (You may want to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move).
Check that destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside. It is up to the owner to decide what is the best plan for their animals.
Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire, or flood, tornado, or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.