An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but most people probably haven’t even considered one for their furry family members. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.
Assign pet evacuation to an adult.
Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible.
If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily. It’s also a good idea to keep a supply of food and treats ready to go, because finding pet food could be difficult in a disaster zone.
Practice your plan.
Run home evacuation drills with your kids, and include your pets in these practice sessions. It’ll help you see how they will respond and allow you to make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!
Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets.
No matter how much you plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.
The idea of having to flee your home in the event of a disaster is not easy to think about. Having a plan in place, keeping the necessary supplies in an accessible area, and practicing with your family will help you keep everyone — even your four legged friends — together and, most importantly, safe and sound.
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