Your animal friends depend on you! Pets are important members of our family and whether they large or small it is important to consider their needs when preparing for emergencies. If your household needs to be evacuated you should make arrangements in case pets are not allowed in evacuation centres or hotels. Check to see if your animals can stay with local friends or family, and make a list of nearby hotels that accept pets and local animal boarding facilities. Also consider their water, food and medication requirements when building your 72 hour kit. Don’t forget a toy or blanket for our animal kingdom companions as they will need some comfort items as well. It is also important to have a recent copy of veterinary records in your kit, as well as to ensure that your pets have identification tags/marks/chips on them. If you are separated from your pets in an emergency, this will help reunite you with them as soon as possible.
If you have a farm there are some things you can do to better safeguard your animals during disaster situations. Consider options for animal shelter: secure access to a truck or trailer so that you can move your animals in an emergency and select locations to confine them in that do not have overhead power lines or a lot of trees. It would also be helpful to have a separate emergency kit of farm supplies that had things like halters, buckets, tools (such as bolt cutters) and emergency items for vehicles and trailers. For more information on emergency preparedness for farms see http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/frm-nmls/frm-nmls-eng.pdf
72 Hour Kit Shopping List Items - Day Two:
- Food that won’t spoil, canned food, energy bars, dried food, pet food (replace once a year)
- Manual can opener
- Crank or battery flashlight (extra batteries)
- Crank or battery radio (extra batteries)