Disaster Ready People 12 Month Guide – Month 8: Useful Tools

Pet Evacuation Kit

Just as having an evacuation kit is essential for human survival, the same is true for pets. Having sufficient water, food, waste removal supplies and medical supplies for each pet is an integral part of their ability to survive a disaster. A First Aid/Evacuation Kit Form is located at the end of this section that suggests items to include in this kit.

Food and Water Insights

Pets need an adequate supply of water. Depending on the size of each pet, set aside enough bottled water for at least 5 days per pet. Like adults, pets can get by for short periods of time on less food than normal. But, without the ability to reason and comprehend their circumstances, during a disaster pets will be at a heightened level of stress and anxiety. This means they will require more water than usual.

Additionally, if pets are eating less food than normal or have a sudden change in diet, a period of stress often results in diarrhea or vomiting. These conditions, over an extended period of time and without proper medical treatment, could cause a very serious condition for your pet. We recommend your Evacuation Kit include a sufficient supply of your pet’s regular food in unopened packages or cans. Freshness dated supplies should be rotated out of the kit and used before they expire and replaced with a fresh supply.

If you package a supply of dry food by using plastice containers or zip-type bags, replace the stored provisions every time a fresh supply of food is purchased. Use up the food from the kit first before feeding from the fresh supply. This will ensure food in the Emergency Kit is never depleted or too old for consumption. Use a fresh plastic bag or clean container every time you replenish your kit so the available food is something your pet wants to eat!

Another point to ponder; unlike humans, dogs and cats can tolerate uncooked meats. However, adding an uncommonly high amount of protein to any pet’s diet, when exacerbated by a period of high stress, will almost certainly result in digestive system upset.

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