It’s always smart to plan if you can. Today I’m going to show you how I put together a pet emergency kit. Plus, I’ll be sharing ideas and resources for creating an emergency plan for your fur-family.
A special thank you to Hill’s Pet Nutrition for sponsoring this post. All opinions and ideas are my own
Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? This observance was established in the U.S. by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose is to inform people about the importance of disaster preparedness and encourage them to prepare.
As you might remember from the post I did about my cats’ adoption stories, this year I’ve partnered with Hill’s Pet Nutrition to share helpful information regarding our pets and their health. Since it’s September, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about National Preparedness Month and our pets. According to Hill’s, there are two things we can do: 1) Create an emergency plan, and 2) Assemble a pet emergency kit.
Creating a Pet Emergency Plan:
I’ll be listing the basic steps here. If you want more information, Hill’s has created a dedicated website for creating a Pet Emergency Plan. You can find that HERE.
I realize emergency planning isn’t a fun thing to think about, but you’ll be glad you prepared when the next emergency arises. It turns out that all too often, people forget to include their pets in their disaster plans, as sad as that is. I hope this information helps you inform both you, your family, and friends about the importance of ensuring your fur-friends are included in your disaster plans.
Here are some steps you can get to work on today:
- Identify a place where you can take your pet if you need to leave your home. Keep in mind that not all disaster shelters will allow pets. It’s best to choose a friend or family member who knows your pet and won’t mind watching your pet for a few days.
- Make sure your pet is identified with a collar tag or microchip. If your pet already has one of these, be sure the information is up-to-date.
- Have a recent/good picture of your pet in case you get separated.
- Add a pet rescue decal to your front door or a front window. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Put together an emergency kit for your pet(s). More details on that are below.
Preparing a Pet Emergency Kit:
Assembling a Pet Emergency Kit is easier than you think. Before writing this post, I hadn’t prepared one. However, now my kit is ready, and it took less than 15 minutes since I had most of the items on hand. Frankie and Jax seem pretty happy about it, too.
Jax helped to pick out the best toys for the box …
… and Frankie took them out of the box.
Although I made my kit for cats, the list below includes items for dogs and cats. Should you have pets besides a dog or cat, use this list as a guide for what supplies you might need for your particular pets.
Here’s what you will need:
- Food and Water: You will want a three-day supply of pet food and bottled water. (Make sure to have some of your pet’s favorite treats.) Keep in mind that pet food can expire, so rotate your stock regularly to refresh the kit.
- Medications/First Aid Supplies: Include any medications your pet needs. It’s also helpful to have basic first aid items.
- Blanket/Toys: Stash a blanket or towel in your kit to keep your pet cozy. A few favorite toys should be included as well.
- Leash and Collar: An extra leash and collar may also come in handy. (My cats do not use these, so I didn’t put any in my kit.)
- Waste Clean-up Supplies: For me, this means litter and a box. I put my litter in a plastic food container with a lid. The container can be used as the litter box. Plastic bags for waste should also be put in the kit.
- Contacts List/Veterinarian Contact Info: Provide contact information for your veterinarian as well as phone numbers for a couple of close friends or family members. Should you not have your phone, it’s important to have such a list.
- Basic Care List: Write down when to feed your pets and when to administer medications as well as where they like to be petted, plus any other information a caregiver will need.
And that’s it. As you can see, it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare a Pet Emergency Plan and a Pet Emergency Kit to ensure that you’re ready in case of a disaster.
A final note: When natural disasters strike, local animal shelters are inundated with pets that have been displaced from their homes. That’s why Hill’s set up the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network to help local shelters. You can read more about it HERE. Since 2013, Hill’s has responded to more than 100 emergencies, ranging from tornados and hurricanes to wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. They’ve also donated over 400,00 pounds of food during these times of crisis.
Even if you don’t or can’t have a pet, you can still get involved by talking to your local shelter about their disaster preparedness plans and finding out what you can do to help in case of a natural disaster.
I hope you find this post helpful and that you’re feeling more prepared. Let’s all do what we can to mark National Disaster Preparedness Month in a meaningful way.