September is Emergency Preparedness Month

Ensuring Your Pets are Included in Emergency Plans

September is Emergency Preparedness Month in Massachusetts, and as part of this important campaign, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to remind the public that pets need to be included as a part of planning for any natural or man-made disaster. Massachusetts is susceptible to hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, and a number of other potential emergency situations. Experts say that being prepared is always the best way to endure any emergency.

When it comes to pets, it starts with having a sturdy and comfortable crate at the ready, should the need to transport your animal arise. Additionally, your pets need a go-bag to make sure they’re taken care of. The bag should be waterproof, and contain necessities for your animals including:

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A sample emergency kit.

  •         Several days’ worth of food and water
  •         Portable food and water bowls
  •         A manual can opener and utensils
  •         Kitty litter and disposable litter boxes, newspaper, potty pads
  •         Trash bags, paper towels and other pet sanitation needs
  •         Pet first-aid kit
  •         Collar with ID tags
  •         Extra leashes
  •         Grooming items
  •         Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof bag
  •         Toys and treats
  •         Bedding

Preparing this kit is also an opportunity to ensure that your pet’s microchip information is correct and up-to-date. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests carrying a picture of you with your pet, just in case you become separated.

Preparedness is responsible pet ownership!