June is National Pet Preparedness Month, so here are some tips to help keep pets safe during a natural disaster.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, 62 percent of American households include at least one pet.
Find a shelter: Before a natural disaster occurs, contact your local emergency management office to find a place to evacuate pets. If they must be boarded at a kennel, animal shelter or veterinarian’s office, provide updated medical records for the animals.
- Prepare a pet kit: Gather pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, a manual can opener and food dishes in the event they’re not available later.
- Update pet ID tags: Have identification tags updated and securely fastened to the pet’s collar. Additionally, consider having a microchip put under the animal’s skin.
- Protect pets during disasters: Pets have instincts about severe weather, and they may isolate themselves when scared. Bring them inside if there is bad weather on the horizon, which could prevent them from running away.
- Monitor pets after an emergency: Pet behavior sometimes changes after an emergency, with animals becoming anxious or aggressive. Watch them closely until things have settled down.