Pets are family. They warmly welcome us home after a long day at work, play with us, and keep our homes secure. Unfortunately, a lot of us tend to forget them when we create evacuation plans. We practice our evacuation plans with our kids, but not our pets. Here are some guidelines for pet evacuation that you can include in your evacuation plan.
Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should have assignments during an evacuation. That includes letting one parent or adult take care of the pets. This allows other adults and the children to focus on their assigned tasks and prevents confusion during a highly stressful situation. Time is of the essence!
Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. All the essentials needed in an evacuation, such as emergency kits, evacuation maps, and pet carriers, should be easy to access when you head out.
Perform evacuation plan drills. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you gauge their response and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window is not as simple as you think!
Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you practice your evacuation plan, your dog or cat may run off while you’re focused on keeping your family safe. Put a microchip or GPS-compatible tag around your pet so you can easily find them.
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