With tornado season well underway in the midwest and southeast and hurricane season about to begin, now is the perfect time to discuss pet preparedness for natural disasters. June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and though we at 1FUR1 hope you never have to use this information, here are some tips to keep you and your pet safe should the worst happen.
In a gallon-sized plastic ziploc bag, pack the following things:
Keep the emergency kit in a place in your home where the temperature or moisture doesn’t fluctuate much (so, not the laundry room). Discuss with your family where your home’s “safe space” should be. Ready.gov recommends a small, but large enough to comfortably accommodate your family and pets, room in your home that is on the ground floor and windowless.
Should disaster strike, stay as calm as possible, because pets mirror their humans’ anxiety. Separate cats and dogs, even if they normally get along, because the stress of the situation might cause them to lash out at each other. Post-disaster, try to re-establish your normal routine to ease your pet’s anxiety, as disasters disrupt the familiar sights, sounds and smells of your environment. It is a good idea to keep your pet’s “normal” food in the emergency kit for this reason. From all of us at 1FUR1, stay safe!