Don’t wait until the last moment to prepare for a disaster with your pets. Panic is the leading cause of injury and accidents. So being prepared in advance is the safest way to handle a disaster. Make sure you have your kit close so you wont forget to grab it during the emergency.
Basic disaster kit includes:
- Food and water for at least five days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food.
- People need at least one gallon of water per person per day. While your pet may not need that much, keep an extra gallon on hand if your pet has been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.
- Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a first aid kit. A pet first aid book is also a good idea.
- Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop, garbage bags to collect all pets’ waste.
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can’t escape. Make sure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification that is up to date and visible at all times.
- Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. (Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time.) Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets—who may also need blankets or towels for bedding and warmth as well as special items, depending on their species.
- Current photos of you with your pets and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated—and to prove that they are yours once you’re reunited.
- Pet beds and toys, if you can easily take them, to reduce stress.
- Written information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.
Other useful items include: Newspapers Paper towels Plastic trash bags Grooming items Household bleach.
Horses and LiveStock:
- Make sure your horses are contained in a corral to make for easy loading.
- Have your trailor hitched and ready to go.
- Have halter & lead ready and available.
- Have feed, hay and water preloaded in trailor.
- Evacuate early, don’t wait until last moment.
- Have a laminated card with animals name, age, breed, color and a picture if available.
- Don’t block access to your property or others.
- Call ahead and find out the local places that will take your livestock and horses.
Pilot Fire Evacuation information.
Those with small and large animals can take them to Devore Animal Shelter, located at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino.
The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds are open for large and small animal evacuations. If you know anyone who needs a place to house animals please let them know. If you need assistance in moving large or small livestock, please let us know.
Dr. Julie McClaine DVM is available to help.
Give us a call at 760-949-7387