When Disaster Strikes
The earth is burning up! July has been the hottest month on record and all over the globe, people are feeling the effects of climate change. Here in California we are no stranger to fire season. From now through October, it has become normal to walk outside and find everything covered in ash. We need to wear n95 masks in order to breathe in the midst all the serious fire storms that seem to terrorize our state. Other parts of the country have been hit by violent tornadoes. Whether you’re in the fire zone or the direct path of a hurricane, or you’re merely watching these disasters unfold on TV, this is a great reminder: NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE! If you’re a pet parent, it means preparing for them too! Total devastation can happen in minutes. You may have little to no time or any advance warning before you must evacuate.
Waiting until the last minute to have an emergency plan and supplies in place is not only foolish but may be deadly. So, BEFORE a crisis, while it’s fresh on everyone’s minds, I hope each and every one of you will take a few minutes and:
Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets
Here are 5 important tips to keep pets safe in natural disasters and emergencies:
1. HAVE ALL YOUR PETS MICRO-CHIPPED and make sure they’re wearing ID collars when home alone. You will greatly increase your chances of being reunited with pets who get lost by having them micro-chipped; But remember, the “ Good Samaritan” who finds your pet likely won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they will be able to read a basic tag!
*Put your cellphone number on your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to get an additional tag with the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area in the event you have to evacuate.
2. PREPARE AN EMERGENCY KIT: Include essentials such as:
🐾2 weeks of clean drinking water & non-perishable high quality dry or freeze dried pet food. Store in water-tight containers.
🐾Water purification tablets
🐾First aid kit
🐾Any medication you pet takes plus first-aid meds: (antacid/small can of pumpkin/Benadryl/baby aspirin) 🐾CBD oil
🐾A crate labeled with photo of pet and emergency contact number
🐾Comfort toys/in crate…