One of the most important disaster preparedness steps is to assemble a disaster kit containing basic necessities and important information. The kit should include information and items you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate. Remember to:
- Store your disaster kit in an area where it can easily be retrieved.
- Check the contents of the disaster kit twice a year when the clocks change for daylight savings.
- Rotate all foods into use and replace with fresh food every 2 months.
Suggested items for the pets in your family’s disaster kit include:
- Food, water and bowls for each pet. Keep a 3-day supply for evacuations and a 2-week supply for sheltering-in-place at home.
- Paper towels, plastic bags and spray disinfectant for animal waste cleanup.
- Extra collars and tags, harnesses and leashes for all pets (including cats).
- Copies of your pet’s medical and vaccination records. Boarding facilities may not accept your pets without proof of health.
- 2-week supply of medication, along with a copy of the current prescription.
- Recent photo of you with your pet.
- Crate or traveling carrier large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around. Label the crate with your pet’s name, your name and where you can be reached.
- Blanket or large towel.
- First aid kit.