prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent

Hurricane Katrina, California forest fires and Tennessee floods made disaster preparedness front page news. Many of us may have had intentions of making a “disaster-proof” plan for our home and loved ones, but didn’t. The good news is there’s no time like the present. Follow these tips to be prepared for the worst:

Proper identification: in the event of a natural disaster, or even a house fi re, a collar showing clear, up-to-date ID is crucial. On top of that, I always recommend an implanted microchip in case a collar is lost (and don’t forget to update your microchip provider with any changes in address/phone number, etc).

Supplies: a well-stocked bin of pet supplies is essential. Stock enough food and drinking water for two-to-three days and rotate out any spoiled food regularly. Throw in a copy of your pet’s medical/vaccination records, leashes, litter and litter trays, along with pictures of your pets, in a watertight bag for identification purposes.

Carriers/Crates: A carrier or crate can temporarily house pets at vet clinics or even hotels that would not normally take pets. Cat carriers should be large enough to hold the cat and a shoe-box size litter pan.