When natural disaster strikes, you have little time to react. Be prepared. Make a Plan. Create a Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit.
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How To Make A Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit
Living in the Midwest, Spring and Summer storms can build fast and disappear as quickly. Sometimes we have plenty of warning; however, other times we don’t.
Severe storms can bring damaging tornados. Most of the time, you don’t have time to think about everything you will need.
Usually, I have a few things prepared in our basement for my family in case of a disaster. Items like water, food, and other things we may need as a family.
However, I didn’t have a bag prepared for our pets. Don’t worry, they are always with us during a storm, but I didn’t have anything they needed with us.
That has changed after speaking with Hill’s Pet Nutrition at the Blog Paws conference.
I came home from the conference, found an old backpack and started working on our pet disaster preparedness kit.
Some items to include in your Emergency Kit:
- Your pet’s favorite food and treats
- Three days supply of water
- Harness and leash or pet carrier
- Clean-up supplies for waste
- A few toys or a bed for your pet to help comfort them
- Any medications your pet needs
- An information list for each pet that includes an image of your pet
For a printable checklist of items to add to your kit, visit Hill’s Disaster Relief Program. Look for the section called “Want to get involved in our annual National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day Campaign?”. There is a link to a printable so you can get prepared for a disaster.
But don’t leave your kit and forget it. Keep it in a place you will remember to grab it or keep it in your safe room.
Periodically, check the contents of the bag for expiration dates. You don’t want to have expired food or treats to feed your pet. If the dates are nearing, replace the food or treats with a new bag and use the other before the date.
What is the National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day?
After Hurricane Katrina, when so many pets were abandoned and displaces, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) declared May 12, 2018 as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.
As pet parents, we need to help raise awareness on the importance of having a plan and a pet preparedness kit made for when a disaster should strike.
For the past five years, Hill’s has joined together with animal shelters around the nation to encourage pet parents to include their pets when making emergency plans and raise awareness of NADPD (National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day).
“Planning ahead is the best way for families to ensure that all members of their family, including pets, are ready to face an emergency,” said Joann Fuller, who oversees Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love® program. “Creating a pet emergency go- kit beforehand can relieve some of the stress families experience and keep pets safe when disasters strike. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are hurt, displaced or abandoned when communities are impacted by disaster.”
When the best-laid plans are not enough and communities are stricken by a disaster, Hill’s Disaster Relief network responds by supplying free pet food to those in need. This program was the first-of-its-kind and was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter, and Love program.
Since the start of the program in 2013, Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has delivered over 280,000 pounds of food to nearly 300 organizations in the country in response to over 70 disasters. These disasters include floods, tornadoes, mudslides, hurricanes, and wildfires.
Don’t forget to follow Hill’s on Social Media for disaster preparedness stories and tips through the month of May.
What items would you have in your pet preparedness kit? Have any additional tips for when disaster strikes?
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