For many Floridians, pets are an integral part of the family. When a disaster strikes, it’s important to make sure that all the members of your family are safe—including pets. The scary thing is that many times the well-being of your pet depends on your preparedness and the quality of your emergency plan.

To put you at ease and help you be prepared for anything, we’ve prepared some tips for keeping your pet safe in the face of disaster.

Emergency Supply Kit

Every home should have an emergency supply kit just in case the unthinkable happens. Pet owners need to remember that along with supplies for their family, they need supplies for their pets too. Here’s what should be in every pet emergency kit:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Bedding

  • Toys

  • Sanitation Bags

  • An extra collar and leash with your pets credentials

  • Any extra supplies you know your pet needs

While you can create your own, pre-packaged animal emergency bags can also be purchased from various companies and can easily be stored with your family’s emergency kit.

Evacuation

In the case of an evacuation, never forget your pets. Find out ahead of time which public shelters will take pets and always have a backup plan. Many people think dogs and cats can fend for themselves in emergencies, but that is simply not the case. They rely on us for their well-being and it’s our job as pet owners to make sure they’re safe.

In the instance that you and your family might need to take a plane to safety, make sure you own an animal travel bag that allows your pet to travel as a carry on. This isn’t an option for pets of all sizes, but can greatly reduce the stress your smaller furry friend is put through.

Training

While it may seem silly to train your dog on the off chance you’ll encounter an emergency situation, it’s been proven that trained animals provide the best results in an emergency. Taking your dog to obedience classes will not only makes your life easier, but it could also save your pet’s life.

Animals can become distressed and nervous during emergency situations. A well-trained pet is far less likely to run away out of fear and endanger themselves. Trained pets are also easier to handle when receiving emergency care. Injured or lost pets can act aggressive when frightened, and often just being given simple commands can help them trust whoever is trying to help.

No matter what happens, the trusted disaster recovery team in Orlando at FLA-CAT is familiar with what to do in the face of an emergency. That’s why we understand the need to be available to you after disaster strikes. If you’re looking at fire, water, or storm damage to your home or business, contact us immediately.