NO PET LEFT BEHIND: EVACUATION PLANS WITH YOUR PETS
Evacuated with your pets…
As the California wildfires rage on, and thousand of people are fleeing some without their pets. It’s heartbreaking to me since my cats are literally apart of our family.
Izzy and Storm are like my children’s kids. They need to know almost every minute where they are. If we had to evacuate, we wouldn’t leave until we had them. Yet, sometimes they are scared just like us.
Therefore, it best to have an evacuation plan with your pets in consideration.
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. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.
Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep evacuation 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.
Remember to stay safe during these Santa Ana winds.
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