Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital

152 School Street
Forestdale, RI 02824

(401)762-2400

www.nriah.com

 National Disaster Preparedness Month

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month.  While most families have an emergency plan for themselves if disaster should strike, often they do not have a plan for their pets.  You should develop a plan ahead of time to help ensure your pet's safety and well being in the event of emergency. You should have a pet emergency supply kit, to include some basics for survival; below are some recommendations as to what supplies to include.

                        Pet Emergency Supply Kit
*Food and Water - keep at least 3 days supply of food and water in airtight, waterproof containers
*Leash or harness, collar with ID tags (name tag, rabies tag)
*Medicines and medical records, including vaccine documents and rabies certificate
*Crate or pet carrier - should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down
*Picture of you and your pet together, to provide proof of ownership should you and your pet get separated
*Sanitation products, including litter and litter pans, paper towels, trash bags and cleaning supplies
*Familiar products - toys, bedding, treats that your pet is comfortable with
*Contact info and addresses for emergency vet hospitals and humane societies

In the Event of an Emergency, what will you do?
*If you must evacuate, it is recommended to take your pets with you.  Keep in mind that many public shelters do not allow animals inside, so you should plan in advance for shelter alternatives.  Consider family or friends who could take you and your pets in during an emergency or other options such as pet-friendly hotels or boarding facilities.
* If you have to leave your pets behind, have plans set in place for neighbors, friends or relatives to care for or evacuate your pets. Make sure they know where your emergency supply kit is and designate a location to meet.

Helpful Websites

CDC - Disaster Preparedness

ASPCA - Disaster Preparedness

FEMA

American Red Cross