With what has happened in japan in the last five days I have received more email and personal phone calls with Pet Loving people needing to know what to do if we have an emergency, earthquake or major Fire & Floods! I too have gone to look at my disaster kit and found it to be in need of new fresh supplies , batters and other things which should be up dated at least once a year. I have let life happen and keep saying I will fix this next weekend! Next weekend is here and God Bless the people of japan, if ever there was a Country well prepared it is the Japanese they had learned a lot from the 1995 quake in Kobe This is our walkup call big time and if you are like me on a very tight budget then we must be creative to be sure we are including everything we will need to survive at least two weeks on our own. With our pets in tow I learned from the 1994 Quake here in Los Angeles (Northridge to be exact) my dogs were well out of the bedroom in a safe place all three of them! By the time my Husband had gotten me out from where the things fell in our bedroom we ran to find our dogs to our amazement they were safe under the huge farm table in the living room even though the huge sliding glass doors shattered all of them were safe from any harm. What I learned is our Pets are pretty smart and have the advantage of knowing something's before us humans.
Cappy and The Gang wanted to take this time to talk about a topic that they believe we all may have talked about in the past, but think this is so important; we should update this and go over how and why we need to be prepared all the time for an emergency evacuation with our pets always talk about the important of having a first aid kit in your home and car. It is also a good idea of you are a camper or go boating to have a first aid kit in the camper and on the boat, which should also have a “doggie” life vest if Fido goes boating with you. When it comes to evacuate there are different things you will need to take with you, which is why a plan is so very important, because God forbid if your home is damaged you could lose some very important papers you many never be able to get back. For example you may not be able to recover your dog's registration papers if you have an AKC registered dog. The same can be true if you adopted your dog, you may not be able to get papers replaced from the ASPCA or a place you can retrieve the information back from. Here is what you need to do when it is calm, and there is not an emergency going on, to always be prepared. If you live as I do in the earthquake and fire country then you want to have an earthquake box filled and ready to be used at a moment's notice. Remember to always have plenty of food and water, not only for you but for Fido also as a dog can go two weeks with little to no food but they cannot go for more than twenty-four hours without water, as they will die. So water is very, very important to have stored, and always have extra water to any vehicles you are driving. Another important item to always have copies of is your dog's shot records. If you have to evacuate and travel to another place due to a hurricane or flood, and then they will ask for a health certificate for your dog. You may not have that as they are usually only good for thirty days. However, a current shot record will help a new vet know exactly what inoculations your dog has had, and what they may need to get to another place or stay in a kennel if the emergency calls for that.
Here is a wonderful site to learn first - aid for your pet
If you have a small to medium size dog be sure to have a crate or travel bag ready as they will help to keep your pet safe , know where they will be safe in the middle of trying to get everyone to a safe place. Remember if you have to go to a shelter your pet will need to have a safe place to live.
If you want to build your own First- Aid kit
HERE IS A LIST OF SUPPLIES
be honest may be costly expensive,
remember these are just suggestions, so pick
and choose what suits your financial budget and your family most of all your pets!