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Risk Solutions Series: Keeping Your Pet Safe During a Natural Disaster

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Those of us who have four-legged furry friends roaming the house consider these animals part of the family. Your cat and dog are family members, too. If a hurricane, wildfire or another natural disaster strike, everyone in the family is affected, including the pets. To be prepared for the worst, it’s important to develop an emergency plan for your pets.

Know your region’s native disasters

Is your region prone to hurricanes? Earthquakes? Wildfires? Begin by identifying some of the disasters that you and your pet could face, and then start building an effective plan for each situation.

Prepare an emergency kit

Depending on whether you’re preparing a cat, dog, rabbit or lizard, the kit should include:

  • A carrier for each pet
  • Bottled water
  • Cans of wet food (plenty)
  • Blankets and bedding
  • Collapsible bowls
  • Cat litter and pan
  • Leash and collar
  • Flashlight
  • Basic first aid kit for pets
  • Toys and treats
  • Vaccine records/medical history
  • Veterinary contact information
  • Medications list
  • Emergency contacts
  • Photos of your pet (in case you are separated from your pet)

Know how to handle evacuation

If a natural disaster is forcing you to evacuate, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Well before evacuation you should know where you and your pet are able to go and stay. Some shelters may not accept pets, so it’s wise to know where you will be accepted. Many animal shelters/vet’s offices/pet-friendly hotels will be willing to accommodate. If that fails, you may consider going to a relative or trusted friend’s house. Either way, never leave your pet behind.

When you’re looking for more ways on how to stay safe and be prepared for the unexpected, the team at Hoffman Brown Company can help. For tailored insurance solutions, contact us today.