This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Many families have a family pet or two, and they will also need supplies in the event of an emergency. The day before a hurricane or flood would not be a good time to run out of pet food or other supplies. You don’t have to get everything together all at once, but today is a good time to get started.
The kit does not need to be in a fancy container – a 5-gallon bucket or a plastic crate would do.
What to Include:
Pet food – I keep an extra bag of pet food that is unopened for emergencies. Most dry pet foods will keep for a year, but will start to crumble after a longer period. I just keep rotating the bags.
Extra water – Don’t forget pets when calculating your household’s water needs.
Extra collar, harness and leash in case you have to leave in a hurry
Pet medicines and supplements – If your dog or cat is on Heartgard or some other vet prescribed medicines, keep a couple of extra doses for emergencies. Similarly, if they are on supplements such as glucosamine, set aside a few spare tablets or even a bottle for the emergency kit.
Flea prevention treatments
Pet carrier – in case you have to evacuate
Backup food and water dish
Pet blanket or toy
A few other tips:
- Store pets’ ownership and vaccination records in your grab and go binder.
- Make plans ahead of time of where you will head out to, in the event of an evacuation. Many shelters do not allow pets, and only a few rare ones do. The time to find this out is before anything happens, while you have the opportunity to make backup plans.
Pets naturally provide comfort, and we all need all the help we can get in times of high stress such as a disaster. Take of their needs now, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.