Earthquake Alert Not Again
Emergency Preparedness - natural or man made disaster planning for pets!
Living here in Los Angeles, California we are used to Mother Nature’s little surprises! During the worst fire storms in the history of California, I was about eight miles away from the nearest one and the boys and I were ready and packed, just in case we had to leave. Just last week on July 6 we had another 5.6 earthquake lucky for the Boys and myself we were at the Boys daddy's home and did not feel it ,yet again it reminded me I must get ready because they no longer tell us if and when the BIG ONE HITS!
They now tell us "GET READY BECAUSE IT CAN HIT ANY DAY!!"
But what about you? Are you ready in case of a disaster, whether natural or man made? No matter where you live, it is always best to have a plan and know what to do in an emergency.
THE SINGLE BEST TIP I MAY OFFER ANY OF MY FRIENDS OR CLIENTS IT TO HAVE A PLAN!
THEN PRACTICE IT!
Now this may sound funny and I do not by any means say do this all the time - What I am saying is to sit down and map out how you will get out in case of a fire , flood or the Big One Earthquake.
Then make sure all family members know the plan make sure you have supplies , your batteries are in good shape change them once a year and then if you are able to practice a fire drill with your younger Children and dogs, cats any other pets you may have this would be a good time to teach your children to STOP ,DROP and ROLL.
Basics of Stop, Drop, & Roll in Fires: Basic Fire Safety & Escape Plans eHow.com
In the case of an earthquake (like those here in California), you should have at least seven days of supplies and food for you and your pets. Some of my sources even suggest a two to three week supply.
As part of your overall family disaster plan, you should also include a disaster kit for your animals. Your kit should include:
• Leashes for all the family pets that can be leashed.
• A health record for your pet, which should include:
a) Your pet’s vaccination history
b) Your vet’s phone number and address
c) Any other pertinent information on any medical problems your pet may have
d) Sufficient medications for your pet for at least a week - making sure to rotate the medicine so it doesn’t expire from age.
e) A prescription for additional medicines, just in case you have to go to another town and cannot get to your vet’s office.
• Enough food and water for seven days for your animals. (As a frame of reference, have a gallon of water for a medium sized dog, and about a quart per day for small dogs and cats.) Food should be stored in watertight containers and should be rotated also to keep it fresh.
• Carriers for your animals, which should be readily accessible.
• Recent photographs of all your pets in the kit. This helps shelters identify them if they become lost and happen to be picked up by animal control.
• A list of friends, veterinarians and kennels where your pets can stay during a disaster.
• First aid kit, blankets, towels, muzzles for an emergency, and a manual can opener.
• Food and water bowls for your pets.
• A pooper scooper and plastic bags for pet waste.
• A battery operated radio, in case of a power outage, or you are somewhere without electricity.
• Gloves: rubber and leather work gloves
• Rope, waterproof nylon in 12 foot lengths
• Bungee cords
• Pet wipes
• Liquid soap
• Paper filter masks