A lot of people have a disaster plan in place if anything goes wrong. You may know what to do with your family or even some of your close friends, but what about your pets?

It’s estimated that 68% of US households own a pet. Pets are part of the family, and they need to be treated as such when you’re thinking about a disaster management plan for your loved ones.

Do you want to make sure every part of your family is protected in an emergency situation? Read on to learn how to handle disaster management for your pets.

Disaster Management For Pets

This may come as a surprise, but handling a pet during a disaster isn’t much different from handling humans. Everyone just needs enough to eat, drink, and have access to medical help.

If you want to make sure that your pets are prepared for anything, follow these tips when you’re working on your pet disaster preparedness plan.

Grab Their Paperwork

Some shelters have very strict rules for letting in animals. Some won’t let them in at all, and those that do may require that pets have proof of vaccination.

Be sure to grab their latest vet records and proof of treatment before you evacuate. You never know when they’ll come in handy, and sometimes a slip of paper can mean the difference between shelter admission and abandoning a pet.

Don’t Prepare To Leave Your Pet Behind

Regardless of how prepared you think your pet may be, never assume you can leave your pet alone while you evacuate.

You never know how things will work out.

Somewhat “simple” disasters can easily get out of control in a matter of minutes. Your pet could become malnourished, sick, injured, or even perish when you’re gone. Your home could even catch on fire or flood while you’re gone.

Plan to take them with you, or plan to leave them with a loved one or vet. Regardless of what you plan, don’t plan on leaving them to fend for themselves.

Have An Emergency Kit

You may on the road or in a shelter for a long time. You don’t know how long you’ll have to rely on yourself, that’s why it’s good to be prepared.

Every pet owner should have an emergency evacuation and first aid kit for specifically for their pets.

It should include first aid supplies, a kennel or holding device for your pet, food, bed, and a few simple toys to keep them occupied and happy.

If your pet takes medication, it may be a good idea to ask your vet for samples that can last for a year or so.

Watch For Signs Of Stress

Every pet can react differently to emergency situations. Some may feel excited to be around new people and places, others may feel scared or skittish.

Stressed out pets can lash out at you, other people, or animals. That’s why it’s important to make sure they’re doing okay and try to keep them stress-freee.

Be sure to give your pets some extra love during a tough situation. Some extra attention or a treat can do wonders for keeping them calm.

Next Steps

Now that you know how to handle disaster management for your pet, you may be wondering about the best way to handle disaster management for the rest of the family.

Our blog is full of helpful information on handling disasters. Check out our latest post on important documents you’ll need in case a disaster occurs.

And remember, we’re here to help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us so we can start a conversation about your needs.