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Disasters & Accidents

Pets Need Disaster Readiness Too, Remind Animal Advocates

Brian Bull

For all the talk of disaster preparedness these days, animal welfare advocates are reminding people that the family pet also deserves protection and care in the event of an incident.

Megan Brezovar of Greenhill Humane Society says a week’s supply of clean water and three to seven days’ worth of pet food are important.

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Some stores and emergency supply catalogs feature things such as FIDO bags, which contain bandages, leashes, oxygen masks, and a collapsible water bowl for pets.

“Also if your animal is dependent on medication, it’s really important to have at least a week’s worth of medication set aside, and you want to consider making sure that it’s not expired, and that you rotate it out with current medication.”

Brezovar says having up-to-date stickers on the front door for every pet can alert responders to keep an eye out for them, while addressing emergencies such as a house fire.   She adds that Greenhill is prepared to be an emergency pet shelter in the event of a major disaster.

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