For many of us, our pets are important members of the family. Every home should have an emergency plan, we have put together a list of recommendations for that here, but for our furry friends here are a couple of extra tips to consider when making your plans:
Assign Pet Evacuation to an Adult
Everyone should know what their role is during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there's no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep Evacuation Maps and Pet Carriers Readily Accessible
If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If your pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.
Practice Your Plan
Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It'll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!
Be Prepared in Case You Get Separated from Your Pets
No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it's possible that your pet will run off while you're focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it's safe to return to the area.
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