Preparing for Natural Disasters

Dog Safety During and After a Natural Disaster

Preparing for Natural disasters and emergencies. Is crucial !!!!

Being properly equipped to meet the needs of your family and your poodle dogs and pets when an emergency does strike, is a most and a big responsibility.

Now is the time to start to preparing for natural disasters.

Do you have an emergency plan?

Your plan will depend upon what type of natural disaster is most likely to happen where you live, can be an hurricane, tornado, brush or forest fire, flooding, earthquake, but you will know best what can happen in your area.

Think ahead and take steps now to be “pet prepared”. You’ll feel better knowing that you’ve planned what to do before, during and after a major storm or unexpected emergency.

Before a Disaster Strikes

These are my recommendations for the most important tips when preparing for Natural disasters.

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* Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter, or animal control office to get advice and information.

Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.

* You can also contact your veterinarian or local Humane Society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.

" Remember always to keep your dog vaccinations current and your paperwork easily accessible."

* Again any dog shelter may require proof of vaccination and the Rabies certificate with current license number.

* If your Dog or any of your pets don’t have a Microship, PLEASE ask your Vet to insert them.

If you have the time " Please " !!!!! and you are preparing for natural disasters this is one of the most important issues to take in consideration.

* Spay or neuter your pet so it won't become pregnant, or impregnate other animals, if it is lost in an emergency. * Be sure to keep a collar with proper identification and rabies tag on your pet.

* Make sure identification tags are up to date and securely fastened to your pet's collar.

* If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag will be his ticket back home.

* Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.

* When Preparing for Natural Disasters you have to research and make a list of potential refuges for your pet, including shelters, veterinary clinics, friends and relatives.

Research and make a list of potential refuges for your pet, including shelters, veterinary clinics, friends and relatives.

* For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels permitting pets and could serve as a starting point.

* Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers ,they might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.

"Pet Survival Kit be prepared using a waterproof covered container."

The kit that you are preparing for natural disasters should include:

* A sturdy, comfortable pet or dog carrier large enough to accommodate each pet for several days. Be sure your pet can stand and turn around in the carrier. * At least a 3-5 day supply of food ,treats and water, including bowls and a manual can opener if you pet(s) eat canned food.

* Blankets or towels to keep your pet comfortable and warm.

* Extra Leashes

* Puppy training pads in case your dog cannot go outside due to severe weather.

* Toys.

* Cat Litter if you also have a cat.

* Cleaning supplies: scooper, disposable litter trays (aluminium roasting pans are perfect), newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and newspapers, plastic bags, disinfectant, paper towels, etc.

* Current photos and descriptions of your pets in the event you are separated (be sure you are in at least one picture with your pet to help prove ownership).

* A current list of emergency contact numbers including your veterinarian's name and contact information, animal shelters, friends and relatives

* Be sure to properly identify all belongings with a permanent marker.

* It t is very important that Dog and pet Pet owners should keep an emergency pet MEDICAL supply kit ** on hand at all time with medical records and specific care instructions and most important will be to protect the kit with a waterproof, easily transportable container.

The emergency first aid kit should include:

**First Aid Kit - Basic Supplies: gauze pads, gauze roll/bandages, roll of cloth, thermometer, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, Q-tips, instant cold pack, rags/rubber tubing for tourniquet and a First Aid book

Preparing for Natural Disasters

P.E.M.A. says "Never Leave Your Pet Behind"

These Pet Survival Kits from survival kits here contain the recommended items to keep your pet alive and happy during an emergency or disaster.
During a Disaster

* Bring your pets inside well in advance of a storm and reassure them.

* Determine the safest place in your home for your pet during a disaster.

* The place you select should be away from windows and in an area which is easy to clean.

* Have fresh water to drink.

* Never leave a pet chained outside.

* Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally.

* Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.

* Pets can become frightened by unfamiliar noises. Keeping your pet within sight when possible will reassure him.

* Never tranquilize your pets. It will inhibit their natural survival instincts they need to escape potential danger.

* Have your pet emergency kit handy.**

Dog Safety After a Disaster

In the days and weeks that follow a natural disaster, our companion animals face many dangers.

Downed power lines are a hazard, extreme flooding created hazardous, , snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas.

Floating hazards such as building materials, tree limbs and street signs can cause severe injury to animals and result in infections.

All these causes disorientation, panic and stress and leads dogs and cats to seek refuge in hazardous situations. Animals trying to swim in floodwater can quickly become exhausted and drown.

* Help re-orient your pets to their home by walking them on a leash; Your pet may become confused or lost if landmarks and familiar scents and signs are altered.

* Be careful of downed power lines, debris and reptiles brought in with high water that could pose danger.

* Don't allow your pet to drink water or eat food that may have been contaminated.

* In addition to water supplies, food sources can become contaminated.

* Floodwater contaminated with waste and bacteria cause intestinal parasites and gastroenteritis. Most forms of water-borne bacteria are transmittable to animals and humans, resulting in widespread infection. ” * Normally quiet and friendly Dogs can become aggressive or defensive after a disaster.

* The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency.

* Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

* Monitor their behavior and contact your veterinarian if it does not subside

* In case you don’t find your Dog or any of your pets missing; contact immediate your local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered; Remember to bring a recent picture of your dog and the microchip number .

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Take your pets with you Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

Fema Common Wikimedia Photograph by Dave Savilla
Alt Text—Storm Phobia

Responsable Tip When you are Preparing for Natural Disasters

If you may need to board your pet and you are unable to return to your home right away find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities are close.

Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies of your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.

FEMA Common Wikimedia Photograph by BobMcMillan
Alt Text—Storm Phobia

NOTE: Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster, but this should be considered only as a last resort.

Remember: Preparing for Natural Disasters is a Must!! !!!!! And is also your responsibility !!!!!

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