What if you wake up from a midnight call saying that a tornado is coming to hit your town? Or that a Tsunami alert is given? I know you might have made all the arrangements, but have you made arrangements for your animal-friend? Here, on this article, we make sure that you are ready for whatever the weather brings – be it wind, storm or flood. The following reminders will help you to take care of your pet and family when on a disaster.
- Make sure your dog is wearing an e-collar or identification tag that is up-to-date. So, even if your pet is lost, the chances for getting him back is more when they have a microchip registration in your name. A common layman won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they can probably be able to read a basic tag. Adding your cell phone number on the tag is also a good idea.
- Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your dog when you both are there together indoors. This includes one week supply of food, one week supply of fresh water, medication, photographs of you with your pets to prove ownership, pet first aid kit, temporary ID card and carrier or leash for each pet.
- Plan a safe place to stay. Never assume that you will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency camp. Before a disaster strikes, ring up your local office of emergency management to see of you will be allowed to evacuate with your pets and verify that there will be shelters in your area that take people and their pets.
- Make arrangements with your friends or relatives. Its always safe when your pet is with your relatives or friends. Ask you friends or relatives outside your disaster-prone area if they would be able to shelter you and your pet, or just your pets. If you have more than one pet, you may need to arrange to shelter them at separate locations.
- Identify emergency veterinary facilities outside your disaster area. If a disaster has affected your area, emergency veterinary facilities may be closed. Pets may become ill or injured during the disaster. So make sure you have a list of alternate emergency vet camps.
- Know where to search for lost dogs. When dogs become lost during a disaster, they often end up at a local shelter. Keep note of the locations and phone numbers of the shelters in your area.
- Have coat and boots ready for any dog who needs them. Get prepared to protect your dog from very strong cold and wind.
- Buy a leash for your dog after heavy snowfall. Dogs are more likely to get lost during a disaster.
After the disaster
Once the emergency is over, your home may now look like a different place, especially for the dogs. Here are some of the tips to help your dog adjust to the new environment after the disaster
- Don’t allow your pet to roam loose. Your dog’s familiar landmarks, places and smells might be gone, and your pet will probably be disoriented. There are more chances that he might get lost when left carelessly.
- Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines by comforting them on their terms. Your dog will be happy to see your calm presence and soft comforting voice as they feel so relaxed.
- While assessing the damage after disaster, keep your dogs on leashes inside the house, so that even if your house is damaged, your pets could escape.
By planning now, you can make sure that all your loved ones and your pets can be marked safe before the next disaster strikes your city.