Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Save this packing list

Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Save this packing list

Make 2019 the year that you finally create a “go kit” for your pets. In a major disaster, it can take days or weeks for help to arrive. In a localized disaster such as a wildfire or flooding, emergency resources will be spread thin. Be prepared to evacuate with your pets and remember that if it’s not safe for you to stay, it’s not safe for your pet either.

Be sure to have the following items packed and ready to go:

Water and Food (at least a three-day supply)

Containment and identification. Have a leash and collar with ID tags and County license for your dogs. Cats and other small pets should have carriers. All pets should be microchipped.

Litter supplies for cats or other small animals, waste pick up bags for dogs, and basic cleanup supplies for all pets.

Photo. Include a photo of you with your pet as another form of identification.

Medical records. Keep up-to date copies of immunization/ medical information and medications. Print a list of veterinarians (we provide a printable list of all veterinarians in Washington County on our website) in the event that your pet is injured and you can’t get to your regular veterinarian.

Pet first aid kit.

If you already have a go kit, great job – just make sure to check it regularly and rotate the supplies and update information as necessary.

For more information about pet preparedness (and people too), visit FEMA at Ready.gov. Our website, WashingtonCountyPets.com has additional resources under “Disaster Preparedness.”

The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.