CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS!
An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets.
Steps to add your pets to your plan.
Assign pet to each adult to evacuate. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one pet to a parent or adult. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the emergency plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep emergency maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.
Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!
Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.
Here’s a great website for helpful tips when evacuation is necessary! https://www.ready.gov/animals
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