When considering how to best protect you and your loved ones in the event of your emergency, it is also important to consider the needs of your furry family members. In addition to a standard emergency kit, it is a good idea to create a collection of additional to supplies to ensure your pets are also protected.
According to ready.gov, pet emergency kit should include:
• Food: Store at least three days of your pet's food in an airtight, waterproof container.
• Water: In addition to water for your human family members, you should also keep at least three days of clean water for your pets.
• Medicines and medical records: Store all medications in a waterproof container, and keep extra copies of their medical records in zippered plastic bags for protection.
• First aid kit: Similar to human first aid kits, your pet kit should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick preventative, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, and saline solution.
• Identification: While your pet most likely already wears a collar with identification and their rabies tag, it's a good idea to keep a backup collar, tag, and leash in case of an emergency.
• Important documents: This includes things like their registration information, adoption papers, vaccination records, and medical records. Be sure to store them in waterproof bags or containers.
• Crate or pet carrier: In some situations, it may be more practical to evacuate your pet in a carrier than on foot, so it is best to keep one where it is easily accessible.
• Sanitation: Your pet is going to have to relieve themself eventually, and it's important to ensure that situation is as sanitary as possible for the sake of all involved, especially if an emergency renders the pet unable to go outside. Your sanitation kit should include litter/litter box (if appropriate), newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and household chlorine bleach (not scented or color-safe).
• A photo of you with your pet: If you get separated from your pet, a photo of you together will help you document ownership and allow others to better assist you in locating them if they are lost. You should include a list of identifying characteristics, such as breed, age, sex, and color with the photo.
• Familiar items: Keep extras of favorite toys, treats, or bedding in your kit in order to help reduce stress for your pet in emergency situations.