When you create 72 hr. kits for your family, don’t forget the pets. They need to be prepared too. I was grateful that I had kits prepared for them when I had to evacuate my home due to Hurricane Matthew. Pet 72 hr. kits are very easy to put together, and you probably already have most of the things they need on hand.
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- First on your list should be getting your pets microchipped and make sure that they are wearing collars with up to date tags. On my pets, I have a tag for their rabies shots and a tag that I made at the local pet store that has my name and number on it.
- In an emergency situation where we’d have to evacuate I’ll have my hands full so I bought this dog backpack so that he can carry his own 72 hr. kit. In one side of the dog backpack there is the dog’s things, in the other side I have the cat’s things. Make sure to put it on your dog often so that they get used to it being on their back.
For the Dog:
- a gallon sized bag of food. Make sure to rotate it out!
- an extra collar
- some treats
- a toy
- waste bags
- hand sanitizer
- Pet first aid kit and guide book. I have this book in my pet’s kit.
- It’s so important to also include a copy of their shot records. Put it in a Ziploc bag in case it gets wet.
- A few water bottles per pet were added as well
- I bought these collapsible bowls for their food/water
For the cat:
- shot records
- water bottles
- If staying in your home isn’t safe for you, then it isn’t safe for your pets either. I looked up local disaster shelters that accept pets so that if I do have to evacuate I can take them with me. I printed a paper of the names and addresses of the shelters and included it in the pets’ 72 hr. kit.
- Include any medicines that they might need.
And that’s it! Pet’s don’t need very much, but making sure that they have what they need in a disaster situation is important. After all, they’re part of the family!
Check out this page for tips on pet preparedness in the home.