Pet Preparedness: Part of Planning for an Emergency

28 09 2015
Martin family pets, Willie Wonka and Vienna!

Martin family pets,
Willie Wonka and Vienna!

We have just passed the mid-point of the official hurricane season. With a number of major storms already behind us and a strong likelihood of even more severe weather conditions before the season comes to an end in November, it may be a good idea to assess your family’s disaster preparedness, including plans to keep your pets safe. North Shore residents have weathered dangerously high surf and strong winds but a hurricane warning is something to take very seriously. The City’s Department of Emergency Management urges residents to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane by taking some simple precautions. All residents should consider developing an emergency preparedness kit containing a five to seven day supply of the following items. These items are good year round for any emergency that may affect Oahu. Essential items to include in your emergency preparedness kit are:

  • Water – A gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food – Non-perishable food that does not require cooking to consume. Local foods such as Spam, corned beef and Vienna Sausages are handy.
  • Radio – Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  • Light – Flashlight and/or a portable fluorescent light and extra batteries.
  • Medical Supplies – First Aid Kit, prescription medications and glasses.
  • Important Documents – Stored in a watertight container.
  • Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit – Pet food, pet carrier and extra water

In the event of a hurricane or any other disaster that requires you to evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. If it’s not safe for you to stay behind then it’s not safe to leave pets behind either. Plan now so you know how to best care for your pet if the unexpected occurs. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives. Keep your pet’s essential supplies in sturdy containers that can be easily accessed and carried such as duffle bag or covered trash container. Your pet emergency preparedness kit should include:

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can’t escape.
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
  • Medications, food, drinkable water and bowls.
  • Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.

In addition to emergency supplies everyone should have a disaster plan, an out–of-state emergency contact and be prepared by learning all you can about the disasters that could affect us here in Hawaii. These simple suggestions could help see both your family and your pets safely through the storm.


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