How to be prepared






It is important to prepare yourself  and your family for emergencies and disasters BEFORE they hit.  Otherwise you will be caught up in the mad rush of other unprepared souls in long lines at the stores as the shelves rapidly empty.  We've all seen it happen... stores are incredibly crowded, sold out or close, auto accidents happen as people are driving in a panic, Everyone tries to stock up on the same supplies all at the same time as hundreds of others who thought it wouldn't happen to them or that they would "just get supplies when it happens."

Having supplies and plans in place can give you a feeling of security and ease worry.  If you know you are ready and able to care for yourself, even without power and/or a safe water supply, you can relax and calmly put your plans into action.  If you are not prepared, you will have a lot of stress and worry if a disaster hits or state of emergency is declared.

Do you care for multiple animals?  When you have more animals than you can safely transport by yourself, you'll need a special plan to be sure all animals are cared for if you need to evacuate within minutes.  More information here.

 

3 Easy Steps for Keeping Your Pet Safe in Emergencies

         1.  Prepare:  Food and water - 3 day supply, pet medications & medical records in waterproof container, pet first aid kit, collar, harness or leash with ID tag, crate or other pet carrier and sanitation items: litter, paper towels, trash bags, newspapers, bleach.  Have all pets microchipped and registered.

         2.  Plan:  Create a plan to get away and where you will go; Develop a buddy system to care for your pets if you are unable to and determine a meeting spot; Talk to your veterinarian to keep contact info up to date in recovery database; Compile contact information: vet hospitals and places you may take shelter with pets; Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers and place on doors and windows.

         3.  STAY INFORMED:  Know about types of emergencies that may affect your area.

 

 

 

Here are some links to help you put a plan together:

 

Disaster Preparedness and Preparation for Your Family:

Indiana Dept of Homeland Security This site has lots of disaster preparation info as well as training courses for emergency and disaster response.

Indiana Board of Animal Health

AVMA Care for Pets This is a comprehensive site for pet health and safety. It covers sanitation practices, first aid, poison control, safety measures when leaving home, diseases and seasonal health concerns, and safety tips for children around pets.

American Veterinary Medical Association- Has a complete and very informative on-line booklet: http://www.avma.org/disaster/saving_family.asp

List of pet friendly hotels: http://www.dogfriendly.com/  or  http://www.petswelcome.com/ Good to know in advance where you can go with your pet if temporary shelter is needed.

American Association of Equine Practitioners Disaster preparedness for Equine Veterinarians and Equine owners

National Organization on Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Initiative for persons with service animals

Animal Welfare Information Center Federal Policies on Access for Service Animals

National Linbrary of Medicine MedlinePlus: Disaster Preparation and Recovery a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health

Disaster Resistant Communities Group - Disaster training video library

Yourlocalsecurity.com
- Disaster preparedness information for tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.  Sponsored by ADT.  How to prepare your family and your home for these potential events

Disaster Prep for Pets - written by Chris Puls for Dog Scouts of America:

Evacuate My Pet.com:  http://www.evacuatemypet.com/

Noah's Wish- This website has links to an Animal Evacuation Plan, Individual Animal Identification form, Disaster Planning for Animals and much more:  http://www.noahswish.com/Brochure.htm

Paw-Rescue- Has a nice list of preparedness actions:
www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_EmergencyPlanning.php


Disaster Preparedness for equines: This site has loads of links to pages relevant to all animal owners. http://www.aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm

Farm Animal Disaster Plan: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/barnyard.html

Fire Safety for barns by Penn State University: http://www.age.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/g/G100.pdf

 Saving the whole family: An on-line booklet from the AVMA http://www.avma.org/disaster/saving_family.asp

AVMA Care for Pets: is a comprehensive site for pet health and safety. It covers sanitation practices, first aid, poison control, safety measures when leaving home, diseases and seasonal health concerns, and safety tips for children around pets.  http://www.avma.org/care4pets/

List of pet friendly hotels: http://www.doggone.com/  Good to know in advance where you can go with your pet if temporary shelter is needed.

AVMA disaster preparedness plan: VERY comprehensive guide to responding to disasters involving animals! http://www.avma.org/disaster/responseguide/responseguide_toc.asp

Find Animal Shelters near you: www.animalshelter.org/shelters Put in your zip code and find listings near you.  This can be helpful info if your pet is lost or needs emergency shelter.

Hooved Animal Humane Society: http://www.hahs.org/  Dedicated to the protection of hooved animals

Disaster preparedness for Equine Veterinarians and Equine owners:   http://www.aaep.org/emergency_prep.htm  Easy to follow links and information.

Disaster Preparedness for persons with service animals (copy and paste the following into your browser):   http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?useaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1430&nodeID=1&FeatureID=1625&redirected=1&CFID=7687935&CFTOKEN=19161268

Additional Info: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/newsletters/v7n2/7n2hende.htm

Shelters for feral cats: http://indyferal.org/index.php?page=shelters

 www.aspca.org/emergency

Pet First Aid Kits are available at  www.aspca.org/store

www.saferesponse.com

www.animatedknots.com/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

www.animalhoardingproject.com

 

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