Thousands of Dogs, Cats and other pets were lost after Hurricane Katrina. 95% of those animals could have been saved with a little planning and preparations. Homeland Advisory Group has asked its professional planners for their top tips to save your pets and animals in the event of a large scale emergency or disaster. The full report can be found HERE.
We identified three key things for animal owners to remember:
1.) Plan: Personal pets and animals are rarely allowed in disaster shelters set up or staffed by the Red Cross or any other relief agencies. This is primarily due to waste, disease and bites.
a. If you have pets plan on an alternative evacuation location that will accept pets
b. If you have many animals or animals larger than a dog, such as a horse; you will need to prepare and emergency organize transport and relocation plan. Having a professional prepare the plan is ideal to assure the plan and activation is correct.
2.) Prepare: Pack for your Pets too! As obvious as it seems now, the majority of pet owners who evacuate forget to bring supplies for their animals.
a. Remember to bring: Food, Water, Toy and Medication. Set these items aside with your other disaster supplies.
a. Make sure you have copies of your animal’s registration and immunization records along with a photo to show to Emergency Response Personnel.
b. Get an identification sticker for your front door to notify Emergency Response Personnel the type and quantity of animals in your office/residence.
With these tips you’ll have everything you need for your pets and animals to make it through the hardest part of a disaster or emergency.