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With the increase in natural disasters due to climate change, such as hurricanes, floods and forest fires, it is becoming increasingly important to have a disaster plan for your pet as well as for yourself.
In 2020, a friend of mine was evacuated from her hometown of Southern Oregon during a fire, and they barely had time to think about what to grab. Fortunately, they gathered their two dogs and a cat before they had to leave.
They lost their house and almost everything else they owned. It was devastating.
Since I live in Portland, wildfires are common during the summer months and we can be called to evacuate at any time. This is stressful, and having a disaster plan will reduce the anxiety of having to leave home, while ensuring that both Sitka and I are prepared.
Know what disasters can happen in your geographic region
Whether you have lived somewhere for years or have recently moved to a new place, or are just visiting, knowing what natural disasters are happening in a particular environment will help you plan for any potential disaster.
The Red Cross has a great map showing what natural disasters are most common by geographical location.
Once you are aware of potential disasters, the next step is to know what to do in case they occur.
Make these part of a disaster plan for your pet
Planning, preparation, practice and clear communication will go a long way in the event of an emergency. You want to remember the plan so that you don’t even have to think about what to do.
The following suggestions are part of my personal disaster plan.
Use TailTrax to track your pet’s records
In addition to storing paper copies of your pet’s medical records, consider using an app like TailTrax to store all of their information.
The app allows pet owners to store and easily access their pet’s medical records, contact a 24-hour veterinary helpline, find qualified veterinarians nationwide and nearby services such as groomers and pet caregivers. pets.
Documents that must include:
Rabies Certificate Vaccination Records Medical Summaries Medical Prescriptions and Doses Registration Information Microchip Number Photos Detailed Description of Your Pet Your Contact Information
Your dog’s training box
I can’t stress how important it is for your dog to feel comfortable in a crate for long periods of time. Training your dog in a crate is a basic life skill that will be useful for a variety of reasons throughout their lives, including protecting them in the event of a natural disaster.
Why do you need a crate in a natural disaster?
In case you need to take your dog to a veterinarian or boarding house To keep them and prevent them from escaping into chaos or an unfamiliar area For easier transportation
If you use a crate to travel by car, then your work is much easier. You can simply repent and put your dog directly in the car.
An emergency is not the time to test how your dog will handle a crate. Your stress levels will be at their peak, and therefore theirs. The kennel should be a safe and comfortable place for your dog that they are already familiar with before the emergency.
It is not a bad idea to attach a metal plate or laminated card to the crate with your dog’s name, your name and your contact information. That way, if you still need to leave your dog somewhere apart from you or you are in a car accident, emergency services will know how to contact you.
Just as you need to have emergency delivery storage for yourself, you will also want to create one for your dog.
Your dog’s emergency kit should include the following:
I personally keep everything stored in a trash can with a lid so I can just grab it and walk away without having to think. Right next to my camping basket, which is considered part of my emergency supplies in case I can’t find anywhere to spend the night and have to camp or sleep in my car.
I always keep water and a bowl for food, towels, a dog jacket, a blanket and an extra leash in the car.
Finally, keep the straps and collars with up-to-date identification labels next to the front door so you can easily find them.
Plan a safe place ahead of time
If you have to leave your house at some point, then you will not have time to think about where you are going. Planning a place ahead of time will save you stress and headaches.
In the event of an emergency, nearby hotels are likely to be full. Some countries may have emergency shelters, so know where they are, keeping in mind that they may not allow pets.
Alternative options include:
Hotels suitable for pets Friends Camping Veterinary clinics Accommodation facilities Animal shelters Dog training facilities
Arrange with a trusted friend for your dog
Ask a trusted neighbor or close friend to pick up your pet in case you are not home during the evacuation and leave detailed instructions with them to take care of your pet until you return home.
Leave them with your key and show them where all your emergency supplies and straps are. Show them where your dog’s crate is so they can find your dog and the crate on the way out.
Do not wait for an evacuation order
If you know a natural disaster is on the way, check back often with the news or emergency alert app, such as the Red Cross Emergency App, to find out how close the event is to your area.
The longer you wait, the more stressful it will be and the more likely you are to get stuck trying to overcome a disaster.
When in doubt, just leave if you have the opportunity.
A few tips for preparing for a disaster approaching:
Keep your gas tank at least half Gather all the important items you will want to take with you in advance, if you have the opportunity and space card, such as Maps.me in case the service has dropped. Create home inventory to speed up insurance claims