National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 – 12, 2012!

National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 – 12, 2012. Learn how you and your family can be prepared for an emergency to ensure your pet’s safety.  The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Tornado season is well on its way and this is a great way to be one step ahead! If you would need to relocate your pet, here is a list of things that should be included in your Pets Evacuation Bag:

1- First Aid Kit: You can buy a pre-made kit, or assemble your own.

2- At least 3 days of food and water and bowls for each. Survival-Goods.com offers MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) dog and cat food that has a 5 year shelf life. This is very useful since emergencies where you would have to evacuate don’t occur often, and most commercial dog foods expire long before the 5 year mark. However, these foods should not be used if your pet has food sensitivities or allergies. Collapsible pet bowls are also widely available to help save on space.

3- Blankets/Towels.

4- Up to date vaccine information and any medications that your pet is on.

5- Current photos and physical descriptions of pets, in case they should become lost.

6- Comfort items, such as a toys or blankets.

7- Small garbage bags for waste.

8- A leash, harness and sturdy carrier or collapsible crate large enough to be used as a sleeping area for dogs.

9- For cats, a litter box, litter and a sturdy carrier.

For more information visit the ASPCA’s Disaster Preparedness

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