Do you have your disaster kit ready if you have to evacuate your pet(s) on short notice?
It’s fairly inexpensive and quick to assemble. We care about your furbabies at West Hartford Pet Sitters, and want to make sure that you have everything you need to take care of your pet(s) during a natural disaster.
First of all, your pet’s carrier should be in an easily accessible location. Also, you should also have at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s medications on hand, as well as a collar, leash, collapsible food and water bowl, and a basic first aid kit.
To make it easy, below is a list of basic supplies that should be in every pet first aid kit:
- Pet Carriers (for each pet in your household should you need to drop them off at a vet, friends, family member, daycare)
- Plastic Baggies – include your pet’s name, his/her photo, brand of food, feeding instructions, any meds (if they need to be refrigerated, take photo of med. bottle and put inside plastic baggie with photo of your pet)
- Pet first aid book
- List of ICE phone numbers: Your trusted Veterinarian, location and phone of 24 hour pet clinic, contact for trusted neighbor, poison control center phone, facilities within a 100 mile radius that allow you to board pets
- Pet paperwork: keep in waterproof bag; include current photo of pet, vaccination records and medical records, list of allergies, medications and doses, pet insurance info
- Bottled water
- Leash(es) and harnesses
- First Aid Kit with the following items:
Gauze pads, Adhesive tape, Emergency blanket, Antiseptic, Hydrogen peroxide, Cotton swabs, Ice pack, Disposable gloves, Scissors, Petroleum jelly, Tweezers, Thermometer, Sterile saline solution, Benadryl, Flashlight, Towels, Nail clippers, Self-cling bandage, Batteries, Pill popper (if your pet gets pills) Eye dropper, Epsom salt, pet wipes, paper towels, essential calming oils)
Your pets are an important part of your family and depend on us to keep them safe. You want to be able to keep them happy and healthy when the unthinkable happens. For additional information and resources, check out FEMA’s disaster preparedness website: Ready.gov.