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Don’t Forget Pets in Your Emergency Escape Plan

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Cute border collie puppy with an emergency kit isolated Create a pet emergency kit

Ensure That Pet Preparation Is Part Of The Discussion

When a fire emergency happens in your Mercer Island, WA, home, the No. 1 goal is to get everyone out safely, which includes furry family members. While the home itself may be restored by a fire damage and restoration professional, a beloved pet is irreplaceable. Every home should have an emergency plan that is clear and communicated to others. Ensure that pet preparation is part of the discussion.

Create a Pet Emergency Kit
If the time comes to evacuate, humans may know the drill and are able to deal with not having the necessary supplies on hand. When it comes to pet safety, even if they are safely evacuated, you don’t want them lost in the chaos likely to happen in the designated safety zone. Preparing an emergency kit that can be easily accessed during an evacuation can help ensure pets are kept safe. The kid should include:

  • A leash, harness or carrier
  • Food, water and bowls
  • Medical record copies
  • Medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Up-to-date photo of pet
  • Veterinarian information

Make Plans for After an Incident
After a fire emergency, there are many things going on. Depending on the loss, it will likely mean finding a temporary place to stay. While humans can easily find a place to stay, pets may not always be welcome. As part of the plan, have a discussion with emergency contacts to see if they are willing to house the whole family. If not, call ahead to area hotels to see if they accept pets to ensure you will all have a place to go.
Another important detail that can be overlooked is ensuring your pet has a collar and tag on. While it can be easy to take them off to let pets have a little freedom, an emergency can happen at any time. Ensure that the tag has the pet’s name and your contact information in case you get separated.
A fire emergency is a scary situation. Plan ahead to ensure that all family members, including ones with four legs, are safely evacuated and cared for in the aftermath.

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