Include your pets in your disaster preparedness planning

disaster-preparednessWhen planning for the safety of your family in the event of a natural disaster, it’s important to include your family pets in those plans.  Remember, if it’s not safe for you it’s not safe for them so make sure your plan includes taking your pets with you.  Never leave your pet behind.

Put together a pet emergency survival kit that includes pet food and water for at least five days, pet crates or carriers, pet’s medicine, medical records, a pet first aid kit, and sanitation materials like trash bags, paper towels, newspapers, and household bleach. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with their assigned rabies tag and an identification tag that includes your address and current telephone number.  If your pet has a microchip implant, touch base with the microchip registry to make sure that your contact information is updated.

Miami-Dade Animal Services recently collaborated with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to produce a video offering pet care tips during natural disasters that can keep the whole family informed.   Visit the Animal Services website for more information on natural disaster preparedness that includes your pets, pet freindly evacuation, centers, an animal supplies checklist and more.

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