Animal Lovers- Prepare Your Pets For Emergencies

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In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing to protect your pets is to evaucate them too.

Test your knowledge about how to prepare your pets in times of disaster.

1. Local and state health and safety organizations permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters:
A) True
B) False

2. Service animals are permitted in Red Cross Shelters:
A) True
B) False

3. What is the best way to find out a safe place to take your pets?
A) Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets
B) Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals.
C) Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency.
D) Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter for pets during a disaster
E) All of the above

4. Where should you keep your pet’s essential supplies?
A) Duffle Bags
B) Covered trash containers
C) Storage Bins
D) Boxes in the attic
E) A and D
F) A, B, and C

5. When assembing a Pet Emergency Prepardness kit, you should include photos of animals in case they get lost:
A) True
B) False

Answers:
1. B- False. Local and state health and safety organizations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters.

2. A- True. Service animals are permitted in Red Cross Shelters

3. E- There are many ways to find out safe places to take your pet during an emergency. Options A, B, C, and D are all correct.

4. F- You should keep your pet’s supplies in sturdy containers that can easily be accessed and carred. Examples of sturdy containers that can be easily accessed and stored include duffle bags (A); covered trash containers (B); and storage bins (C). A box in the attic (choice D) would not be easily accessable.

5. A- You should include photos of your pets in case they get lost when assembling a Pet Emergency Prepardness Kit.

To learn more about preparing your pets for a disaster, and for other items to include in a Pet Emergency Prepardness kit, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets

You can also check out informative videos on the topic at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNWO54hHmlk

What tips do you have on preparing pets for disasters?

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