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YOU May Be Ready For a Disaster, But What About Your Pets?
Posted By Ron On April 14, 2009 @ 12:09 AM In Insurance,Life,Tips & Techniques | Comments Disabled
With tornado, hurricane, and wildfire season just around the corner, many are making their disaster preparedness plans. Since pets can present a special challenge in natural disasters, plan ahead now for their safety. Candlewood Suites (just south of Memphis) allowed us to bring our little Dachshund, Copper, during the ice storm that turned our world upside down this past winter (yes, that’s him in the picture). Thank you Candlewood Suites!
Watch them closely. Stress  can cause abnormal behavior, even if Fido or Fifi is usually calm and laid back. If you have multiple pets, it may be a good idea to keep them separated. Stress  can make them antsy and irritable. You don’t want anyone getting injured now.
They “feel” it coming. Ancient peoples knew that animals have a keen sense of weather and will hide when severe weather approaches. To make sure your pets don’t disappear when bad weather threatens, keep your them close to you.
Don’t leave them at home. Evacuating and leaving your pet at home is the worst possible option for your pet. But if you absolutely cannot evacuate your pet to a safe place, be sure to:
Boarding your pet may not fit into your budget , but that’s just one of the reasons you’ve established an emergency fund. Just remember, health regulations prevent most disaster shelters from allowing any pets except service animals for those with disabilities. Maybe that will change in the future, but in the meantime, do some research ahead of time to set up other shelter possibilities for your pet. Look into the following places and keep this list with your emergency pet supplies kit.
Evacuation notices may come days or just hours in advance. If a warning is issued or if you suspect one may be issued, call ahead to confirm any shelter arrangements. Make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations and that they are wearing up-to-date tags. If you know the contact information for your pet’s temporary shelter, tape it to the back of the pet’s tag or add another temporary tag to their collar.
If you have to evacuate and can take your pet with you, you’ll need pet supplies. Keep them in an easy-to-carry container (your pet carrier is ideal). Your kit should include:
Disaster preparation is all about thinking things through ahead of time . Isn’t that what insurance actually is? No one is at the top of their game when under emergency evacuation pressure, so make the preparations now. You and your pet will be glad you did!
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