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Pet Disaster Prep

Pet Disaster PrepIt goes with out saying that pets are considered like family for most pet owners and also a trusting furry companion is also a great way to relive stress.  As a result, you need to include your family pet in your preparedness plan.  Normally, pet owners equate prepping for their pets to simply include pet food or kitty litter in your emergency cache.  But,  pet disaster preparedness entails much more.

Their are a lot of prepper sites; so, it could be daunting to find correct information on caring for your pet when disaster strikes or even in a SHTF environment. So, that is why this ASPCA website on pet disaster prep is a godsend.  Granted, some of the tips would seem to be common sense by many people.

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information. Disaster Preparedness | ASPCA

However, it also advises you to do the following:

This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers. Disaster Preparedness | ASPCA

This article also goes over disaster prep for several specific type of animals, like horses, birds, and small animals.  So, I highly recommend that you check it out.