Natural disasters can strike anytime especially if you are living in areas prone to hurricanes, flash flood, blizzards, tornados, and earthquakes.
With havoc potentially a moment’s notice away, having an exit plan is the best way of keeping both you and your pet safe. However, little thought is put in place on things dog owners can do to prepare when such a disaster strikes. Here are seven tips every dog owner should do to prep for natural disasters.
Seven preparation tips for dog evacuation in case of a natural disaster
Microchipping your dog
Microchip identification is an advanced way of tracking of your dog in cases where you get separated. This NFC technology also keeps all records of your dog – from breed type to last vaccination date. Unlike collar tags and a leash that can slip off, your dog’s microchip is hard to remove making it the best dog tracking system. Remember to update the chip’s info at all times. In addition, include an extra emergency number of a close relative or friend who lives near you. The chip’s number will help the rescue team identify a close shelter for your dog if you are out of reach. With a microchip at hand, recovering your dog won’t be so hard after all.
Keep your dog’s tagged collar on at all times
Dogs tend to get frightened when a tornado kicks in. As a result, they may run away from home or hide in spots that may be hard to find. Having your dog wear a tagged collar will help the process of identification in case he gets stranded out in the storm. The collar tag will contain the owner’s information such as home address, telephone number, email address and an extra emergency number of the dog’s immediate caregiver. Just like in a microchipped dog, remember to keep the tag info up-to-date. Also, have extra collars just in case one gets off. A tagged collar will surely come in handy in the recovery process when both of you get separated in a storm or earthquake.
Have your dog’s emergency kit in place
Stock up essential items your dog needs way before a disaster strikes to avoid being caught unprepared. Your emergency kit should include, one week’s food and water together with a feeding container, medication such as vaccines, extra dog leash and tagged collars, copies of your dog’s medical history, your dog’s first aid kit, crate, and a recent photo of your dog in case he or she gets lost. Stock your dog’s disaster emergency kit in an easy grab-and-go bag, or better integrate it into your own bug out bag. Remember to keep the kit in a safe spot that is easily accessible.
Note: During disaster, your dog will not be themselves – due to distress. It is best to calm him down to avoid cases of him getting hurt. In your emergency kit, try including his favorite toy. This might help in cheering him up.
Get your pet comfortable with crates
Crates offer great shelter to your canine friends. They are portable and keep your dog safe whenever a natural disaster strikes. However, not all dogs are comfortable with being caged. If you are used to keeping him out with a leash on he might resist the cage. That’s why it is important to begin early training to avoid getting caught in a storm. A great way to begin is by taking him out on a trip in his crate. He will enjoy the sightseeing and ease up to his closed environment. Look for a crate that fits your dog’s size and gives him enough room for feeding.
Display a rescue alert sticker around the house
A rescue alert sticker helps rescue teams know whether there is a pet that may need assistance in case disaster strikes. The sticker should indicate the type of dog and your contact details. It should be placed in the main access entry of your house such as the front door’s window. In case you manage to evacuate the house with your dog, indicate on the rescue sticker that you’ve left. This will alert the emergency evacuation team that everyone in the house is accounted for including your dog.
Find a safe haven that accommodates both you and your dog
Natural disasters such as tornados and earthquakes may result in permanent household destruction. When that happens, you need to have established your next cause of action – plan for a temporary confinement. Remember, it is not wise to leave your dog alone – chances of him surviving without you are next to nothing. Furthermore, not all rescue sites accept dogs. That’s why it is important to identify in advance shelter locations that offer a safe haven for both you and your canine friend. Have a list set up of all hotels that accept dogs. Depending on the type of disaster, you may be able to spend a few nights in a hammock tent or camping wild. You can also find out if your local dog rescue shelters and vets accept boarding in cases of natural disasters.
Choose a designated caregiver in case you are not home when a natural disaster strikes.
Natural disasters can happen anytime, that’s why it’s important to have a reliable person at hand. Your domesticated pet can’t survive on his natural instincts especially in bad weather. He needs the help of a human companion to survive, otherwise, he is totally helpless outside. Choose someone who is used to your dog and knows his or her way around with him. He or she must be an immediate neighbor or relative who lives near you. Most importantly, he or she must be home most part of the day. It is also best to include his or her number in your dog’s collar tag.
Please note: It is important to know the natural disasters prone to your region for you to best prepare. Have emergency numbers of all pet responses teams clearly labeled within the house.
Natural disasters are inevitable – they are part of nature’s cycle. Even though some may be mild, it is best to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Having a pre-plan will keep you and your dog out of harm’s way. By following these seven tips, you will be ready in case of a hurricane or earthquake strike. Remember it is best to be safe than sorry.
I’m Joe, I run Nature Rated. I love spending time in the outdoors. Whenever daily life gets me down I head to the nearest lake or river with my kayak and my camera and I spend time recharging my batteries. I hope you’ll love my no fluff to the point reviews and that they’ll help you choose the right gear for your next adventure!