Mother Nature can be very cruel and humbling. With the recent Sand and King Fires as reminders we should all take heed and make sure we are prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. If you have never prepared a go bag or an emergency cache this is a good time to start. If you have prepared, it may be time to do that practice drill and see if you can fit 72 hours worth of supplies, yourselves and your pets in your vehicle. There are many good websites that tell you what to take and how to prepare.
Will you be able to shelter in place or will you have to evacuate? The answer may be different depending on what the emergency or disaster is. If you don’t know where to start or if you need a review PAWED has some excellent handouts you can read on line or print that will help you. Preparation needs vary with the animal species so we have different handouts to address this. You may click on the links below or use the menu bar above and go to DISASTER PREPAREDNESS under PET CARE.
- California Animal Emergency Response System (CARES)
- Petswelcome.com: Listing of Hotels that Allow Pets
- FEMA Pet Preparedness
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
Protecting Pets in an Emergency
- Red Rover formerly United Animal Nations
- US Search and Rescue Task Force
- Humane Society of the United States http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2011/03/disaster_planning_2011.html