Every family should have a plan for when a catastrophe strikes. Making certain every member of your family knows what to do, how to do it, and where to go is critical to the success of your plan.
Even though pets are widely considered to be “family,” they are often left out of critical planning. The Insurance Information Institute has some ideas on how to include your pets in your emergency response plans.
Some emergency shelters don’t allow pets. Create a list of veterinarians and boarding facilities that can provide emergency shelter for your animals. Be sure to obtain emergency phone numbers. Check with local authorities, the Humane Society, your veterinarian, or other pet care providers to find out how your pets can be included in any community evacuation or shelter plans.
Make arrangements with others to pick up and/or care for your pets if disaster strikes while you are not at home.
Be certain your pet’s identification tags are current and your pets are wearing them. Include contact information so others can notify you if they find your pet wandering.
For these and many more valuable tips on including your pets in your evacuation and disaster plans, see the complete checklist at http://www.iii.org/articles/protecting-your-pet-during-a-disaster.html.