During May, you may be hearing whispers of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day (NADPD). Do you what it is? As a pet parent, this should be an essential topic.
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What is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day?
After Hurricane Katrina when thousands of pets were abandoned and displaced, FEMA established National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. In 2018, NADPD is May 12th.
Before a disaster strikes, it is essential to be as prepared as possible. Recently, I created a go-kit for our pets. It is effortless to make, but hopefully, we will never need. Every pet parent should put together an emergency kit. It will help reduce some stress when a disaster hits.
A few other tips to help you get prepared:
- carry a photo of your pet or pets in the event you get separated from your pet
- make sure your pet’s id tag or microchip has your current contact information
- display a pet rescue decal on a window for first responders to inform them of pets in the home
- know your pets hiding places, that way you can find them faster during a disaster
- make a plan, identify a place to take your pet in the event of an emergency
- if it is possible, take a pet carrier or crate for their safety
However, not even the best plans are enough. Hill’s Disaster Relief Network responds to communities that are stricken by a natural disaster. Hill’s reacts quickly to supply free pet food for the families in need during these times of crisis.
Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is a first-of-its-kind network that was added as an extension of Hill’s Food, Shelter, & Love Program in 2013. The Food, Shelter, and Love program has provided more than $290 million worth of Hill’s pet food to more than 1,000 shelters in North America over the last 16 years.
Since the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network started, they have delivered over 280,000 pounds of pet food to about 300 organizations across the country. These donations cover more than 70 disasters which include floods, tornados, mudslides, hurricanes, and wildfires.
During the 2017 NADAPD campaign, Hill’s employees created 5,000 pet emergency kits and donated them to shelter partners in disaster-prone areas across the US. Some of these kits were even handed out during the aftermath of Hurrican Harvey in Houston.
Pet families, visit Hill’s and find more information on being Pet Prepared. There is a great infographic that is available to you for free. Don’t hesitate, make your Pet Emergency Go-Kit TODAY!
SHELTERS! If a disaster hits, contact Hill’s Disaster Relief Network. They have a dedicated email address for you to contact them.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s Pet Nutrition. The opinions and text are all mine.