Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets

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September is National Preparedness Month and we are asked to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. Being prepared applies not only to the human members of your family, but to your pets as well. I’m not going to rehash the same lists of things to do, or store or buy as there are a million posts out there with those lists – we have actually written a few ourselves in the past:

I thought instead, I would provide a collection of resources, websites and articles you can refer back to as you review your preparedness (or lack thereof) plan.
Be prepared

Emergency Preparedness Resources:

Be sure and check your local state or county government offices also. Search “pet emergency preparedness or pet disaster preparedness and your county/state name”. You should find government resources and planning tips. Remember: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”.


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  1. Love it! Such an important topic for pet owners, especially since many pet owners will not evacuate without their pets. Important for vet offices to know what to do during an emergency as well to keep all the pets within as safe as possible.
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  2. I agree, super impawtant topic for sure. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. What a great list of resources. I have to admit I get a bit complacent about this, because we live in an area where there just aren’t a lot of disasters. But really, you never know, do you, bad things can happen anywhere.
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  4. I like the approach of leaving resource links available for everyone. Thanks!

  5. Such an important topic that’s often overlooked. Thank you for sharing. I must say I’m glad to live in Michigan where the only disasters we get are tornadoes; even though they’re horrible I think I’d much rather deal with them than the ones that require full evacuations of cities and towns.
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  6. Thanks for sharing this great tips, we will look what we can make better or what we can do to be really good prepared.
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  7. A classic, “You never need it until you do” situation. Always good to review and be prepared, just in case.

  8. Good to have a resource list. My preparedness is mostly in my head. I should have a list or something, so I’m ready to leave quickly if the need arises.

    thanks for joining the blog hop, this is a great post!
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  9. Thank you for the reminder. I am somewhat prepared, but could definitely do a little more organizing and reviewing for myself and for my pets. This is just good to review every six months or so.
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  10. Great article with so many informative links. We need to be prepared for disasters for both our human and pet family members.
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  11. This is SO helpful! In truth, I never put much thought into disaster preparedness until we were in Louisiana! I followed all the guidelines for hurricane preparedness, but when we moved back to Indiana, I realized that would help us be prepared for tornadoes, too. I’m going to go through your resources for more and better ideas!!
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  12. Thank you for all the great resources. Very helpful.
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  13. We learned one lesson the hard way. A wildfire broke out extremely close to our house, and aircraft were buzzing the house to get water from a nearby lake and drop it on the fire. We got a reverse-911 and started our quick car-packing for a getaway.

    When we took a load to the car, one of our dogs slipped out the door. He, who has a great recall, totally freaked out due to the helicopters zooming back and forth over our house. They were so loud that we couldn’t even talk to each other and be heard. Fortunately, after about 5 minutes, we managed to grab him. I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t been able to leash him.

    Our lesson – plan carefully exactly what you’ll do with your dog(s) in an evacuation situation. We’ve decided to seatbelt them into the car right away (the seatbelts prevent them from getting out of the car). Then, the dogs are ready to go if the fire blows up suddenly, and they also can’t escape…

    Just our 2 cents from a scary experience…
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    • Wow – that was certainly a close call. Great suggestion to add to the list too. Maggie would totally freak – she is sometimes leery about getting into the car when nothing is going on, so with that kind of confusion, I bet she would shut down. Thanks.
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  14. Thanks for joining the Barks and Bytes Hop. It is important to be prepared. Thanks for the reminder!
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