31 Days 31 Ways- Prepare your pets for emergency

Fred the dog

I have a puppy that I adore. Until I began working for the American Red Cross, I had never thought of what I would do with Alfred Lord Tennyson (what? I was an English major) in case of an emergency. You should have an emergency plan that includes every member of your family, even the furry ones.  

Remember to assemble a pet-specific disaster supply kit. Human food can make animals sick, as can sudden changes in diet, so it is important to bring a supply of the food that your pet is used to eating on a daily basis. If your pet needs any medications, you should have a supply of those in your kit as well. If your pet is anything like mine, it won’t want to sit still and stay calm all day, even during a disaster—so be sure to include toys to keep your pet entertained and happy. Because the only thing worse than a sad puppy, is a sad puppy in a flood.  

Learn more about formulating your pet safety plan here.

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