Are you prepared to keep your pets safe?
Although we are unlikely to experience a devastating hurricane here in Ohio, the recent string of horrific hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean remind us that disaster preparedness is important. Have you made a plan in case of a chemical spill? How about if your home catches on fire? It’s important to be ready, and plans must include our four legged family members!
Even though a law (the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act) was passed in 2006 that requires emergency management officials to accommodate people with their animals during an evacuation, there are many steps we can and should take to be prepared for an emergency. Possibly more importantly, we need to be ready in the event of a personal calamity. Those steps start with having a plan.
While none of us want to think about disasters, we owe it to our beloved four-legged family members to think about it for them and to be prepared.
ASPCA: Disaster Preparedness
CDC: Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
Red Rover: Pet Disaster Preparedness