As it does each year, September 1st marks the beginning of National Emergency Preparedness Month. Established in 2004, National Emergency Preparedness Month is designed to encourage us all to learn about and take some simple steps to become better prepared for a range of potential emergencies and/or disasters. After all, it’s often the “little things” that can make a big difference when the s*#t hits the proverbial fan and a little advanced planning and awareness can go an awful long way.
Fortunately these tenets are no less true for the health and safety of our pets during times of disasters and other emergencies. But, since our pets don’t typically formulate their own emergency preparedness plans, it’s up to us to ensure that they’re included in and accounted for in ours.
Such advanced planning won’t only make their life easier in the event of an emergency or disaster; it’ll make yours easier, too. After all, you and the rest of your family can’t afford to spend precious time scrambling to find shelter for your pets at the last minute when faced with the prospect of an evacuation. And you certainly don’t want to leave them behind!
Remember all the images and stories of pets left behind to “fend for themselves” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Absolutely devastating and heartbreaking, and medically speaking it was a disaster that some families are still feeling the effects of.
So, to improve your entire family’s odds of coming through a natural disaster or other large-scale emergency with as little distress and loss as possible, don’t forget to make a plan – and be sure to make it one that includes the family pets, too.
To help you get started in your plans, check out the links below…
Of course, an emergency and disaster preparedness plan is a lot like insurance… you hope to never have the need to use it, but you’ll be thankful you’ve got it should the need arise!
Be aware. Be prepared. Be Preventive! ™