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National Preparedness Month: Pets

Pets completely depend on us for care, but often times they are last on our list when we plan on emergencies. It is important that we prepare for them as we would for our families. Here are some steps you can take to ensure their safety.
• First, assemble an animal emergency supply kit with food, medicine, treats, sanitation supplies, toys and other equipment. Keep this kit stored in each vehicle.
• Plan to take your pets with you if you must evacuate. If you leave, you may not be allowed to return home for days and your pets will not be able to fend for themselves against exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water or accidents.
• Most evacuation shelters will not accept pets, except for service animals, and animal boarding facilities will fill up fast during disaster. Make prior arrangements to ensure your pet has a safe place to stay.
• Your pet should always wear current identification tags, and ask your veterinarian to have your pet micro-chipped.
• Disasters may occur if you aren’t home, so develop a pet care buddy system with neighbors, friends or family to evacuate your pets. Meet at a designated location and make sure they have all of your phone numbers.
For more information and resources visit www.readyoc.org