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Emergency Pet Preparedness

Pets are an important part of our lives. Help keep them safe by creating an emergency plan in case disaster strikes.

 Keep Up Pet Maintenance

  • Pets should always wear fitted collars with up-to-date identification.
  • Consider microchipping your pet. Register and keep a record of the microchip number.
  • Keep vaccinations up-to-date with proof for shelters.
  • If your pet does not like to travel, consider asking your vet for an anti-anxiety prescription.

 

Create an Emergency Plan

  • Identify pet-friendly lodging along your evacuation route.
  • Most emergency shelters do not accept pets. Maintain a list of boarding facilities, animal shelters, veterinarians or others who will accept your pet in an emergency.
  • Make plans for your pet if you’re away during an evacuation order for a neighbor, friend or relative to retrieve your pet. Give them a key to your house in advance.

 

Prepare an Emergency Pet Kit

  • Sturdy extra leash/harness
  • 3-7 days supply pet food and water and bowls
  • Manual can opener for canned food
  • Kitty litter/pan
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • Pet bed, if easily transportable, to reduce pet stress
  • Current photo of you and your pets for identification in case they get lost

 

During an Event

 

Evacuation Tips

  • Consider evacuating early, before an order, so you are not forced to leave your pet at home.
  • While driving, keep your pet in a carrier or an approved safety harness that attaches to the seat belt.
  • Stop regularly to allow your pet to stretch and have some water.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car.

 

After a Disaster

  • Do not allow your pets to roam loose. They could get lost or hurt among debris.
  • Resume a normal routine as soon as possible.
  • Be patient if your pet experiences behavioral challenges and anxiety after an event.

 

Pet Injury Coverage
MAPFRE Pet Injury coverage may be added to your auto policy, with up to $500 toward veterinary fees or replacement of your pet for a covered loss. Ask your agent for more information.

 

Sources
https://www.ready.gov/pets
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness.html
https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/make-disaster-plan-your-pets
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness
https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/emergencies/index.html

 

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