The Pacific Northwest is a place of natural beauty. We are uniquely positioned between the seas and the mountains surrounded by some of the most beautiful greenery in the country. We sometimes forget nature takes a dark turn. Do you know how to be prepared when disaster strikes?

Make sure your pet is included in your disaster plans with these guidelines:

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Your emergency kit should include food, medication and possibly water for a week’s supply in addition to leashes/collars/crates located in an easy to grab location. Blankets, towels, and a first aid kit are excellent additions for your emergency plan. Remember, you may need to rush to safety so avoid placing things in your emergency kit which may be unnecessary. It should be easy to grab and throw in the car which may be hard to do if the kit is too large.

Keep Accurate Records

Accurate records can help in many ways. You should keep a copy of your records with your emergency kit. These records should include medical history, vaccinations, any identifying information, and emergency contacts to include your family’s information as well as your veterinarian’s information.

Identification

Pets often become separated in disastrous situations. Identifying your pet with tags, collars, and microchips is incredibly important. All of these identifiers can help to reunite you with your furry family. Microchips are particularly important. Every lost pet is scanned by veterinary hospitals, rescue associations, animal control facilities, and shelters. Speak to your family veterinarian about how to microchip your pet. Some microchipping companies even allow you to tag specific medical conditions to your lost pet. These things can save lives.

Plan

Fires, floods, mudslides, and snow are all likely events you may encounter. Some disasters require evacuation. Some disasters require you to sit and wait. Make sure you have a plan for each. There is no correct answer, but the most important factor is safety. Remember to be cautious and do not take unnecessary risks.

Designate a safe zone for where you will be heading in the event of an evacuation. Seek shelter as soon as possible and contact emergency services for help.

Emergency rescue stickers can give your pet’s a chance of evacuation in the event disaster strikes when you are not home. The stickers are should be placed on a front-facing door or window and include the number of pets and species you have in your home. This is particularly important for fires. Firemen can see you have pets in your home, and many pets are saved by these heroes.

There will always be unexpected situations during natural disasters. Following some or even all of these guidelines may help you cut some of the variables leading to the safety of your furry family. #AECprevents