It’s hard to believe that this week marks the 10 year anniversary of Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane that killed nearly 2,000 people and left more than 600,000 pets deceased or without homes in August 2005.
Did you know that 44 percent of the people who refused to evacuate their homes during Katrina did so because they felt they could not bring their pets with them? While I admire their love and dedication to their furry family members, I’m disheartened to know that a recent poll shows many pet parents aren’t any better prepared for a natural disaster today than they were 10 years ago. Despite the loss and devastation that Katrina brought with her, 35 percent of pet owners still don’t have a disaster preparedness plan in place for the next big storm. Do YOU?
Take a look at this amazing infographic from our friends at the ASPCA, and then we’ll chat some more below.
Even if you live in an area where hurricanes are not an issue, I’m still willing to bet there’s some kind of weather condition or natural disaster that puts you and your family at risk. Think about it. What about tornados? Wildfires? Rock slides? Blizzards? No area is safe from some kind of disaster, and that’s why we must be prepared.
There are many things pet parents can do before disaster strikes in order to be better prepared for the situation. These are just a few tips:
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag that has currently accurate information. This should include your phone number and address. Additionally, I highly recommend microchipping your pet.
- Place alert stickers on the windows of your home so that emergency personnel know that you have pets that need to be rescued.
- Always have current photos of your pet on hand. They’ll come in handy in the event that she goes missing.
- Learn nearby exit routes, local shelters, pet-friendly hotels, and friends or family who can serve as caregivers for your pet in an emergency.
- Always have a portable emergency kit ready to go. This should include a pet first-aid kit, canned or dry food, bottled water, an extra collar and leash, a pet carrier for cats and other small animals, and a blanket or bedding.
The truth is that no matter where you live, a disaster can strike at any time and you stand a much better chance of keeping your family together when you’re prepared. That’s why the ASPCA is asking pet parents to take the pledge to get prepared! They also offer a free mobile app for Android and iPhones.
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The ASPCA is also offering TLPB readers a chance to win this awesome disaster preparedness kit! The kit includes:
To make it really simple to enter to win, just leave a comment below telling me how you and your pet prepare for weather-related emergencies and natural disasters. That’s all you have to do to be entered to win!
Just be sure to get entered no later than this Sunday night, August 30, at 11:59pm EST. I’ll randomly select a winner whose name will be announced Monday on The Lazy Pit Bull Facebook page! Be sure to follow us there so you don’t miss out! Good luck!
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