Be prepared for any natural disaster with a pet disaster kit.
Mother Nature can strike at any minute, especially during spring storm season. While you most likely have supplies prepared for your family, you can’t forget about your furry family members. Pets also need a stockpile of supplies when disaster hits. Create your own pet disaster kit with this checklist from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Basic Pet Disaster Kit Supplies
Medications – Keep your pet’s medications in a waterproof container. It’s also a good idea to have a pet first aid kit assembled, complete with supplies and your pet’s medical records.
Photos of your pets – There’s the risk that you and your pet could get separated. Current photos can help others find your pet, and prove that the pet is actually yours when you’re reunited.
Leashes & harnesses – Use a sturdy leash or harness to keep your pet safe and nearby during the storm. Your pet should also wear a collar and identification tag at all times in case you get separated.
Pet carriers – A pet carrier is the best way to transport your pet if you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough that your pet can move around and lie down, since they could be in it for hours at a time. For smaller pets, you’ll need a secure cage. Keep in mind they might also need blankets, towels or a heat source, depending on the animal.
Information about your pet – If you have to put your pet into foster care or with an emergency caregiver, you’ll want all of their information filed together. This includes medical conditions, feeding times, and the contact info for your veterinarian.
Household cleaning products – You’ll also want to keep some household products on hand for clean-up, such as newspaper, trash bags, bleach and paper towels.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we know that your animals are more than just pets – they’re family. It’s important to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you, and your pets depend on you. For more tips on caring for animals big and small, visit our Pet Care blog.