Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness day. Ironically, there was a major grass fire about 15 kilometers away by Kronau just yesterday. Thankfully everyone is safe.
The best emergency plans are those that are never used. But if you ever have a disaster, a bit of pre-planning can take away a lot of stress during a very stressful time.
First of all, make sure your pet has identification - tattoo, microchip and tags. Talk with your veterinarian about microchipping - it's easy and cheap. That way if you are separated through a disaster or for any other reason, your pet is more likely to go home.
Prepare a pet profile that contains all the important information about each of your pets. To help you get started, here's a sample for our own Buddy.
Keep vaccinations current and e-mail yourself a copy of those vaccination records. That way if you have to get your pet out of your home quickly, you can easily access proof-of-vaccination from anywhere. And if you need emergency boarding, you won't be turned away due to a lack of vaccination.
You can also prepare emergency kits and be prepared. Here are even more helpful tips.