Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners
The Chicago Commission on Animal Control, urges all animal owners to take the necessary precautions in the case of floods, fires, blizzards or terrorism. Devastating natural and man-made disasters can ravage lives and no one is exempt including your animals.
Countless times people have been told to leave their homes for a “short time” only to find that they cannot return for days or weeks. Even disasters like gas leaks and minor flooding can keep you from tending to your animals for extended periods of time. To prevent situations such as these take your animals with you. It is best to be overly cautious during a disaster warning. Preparing ahead of time and acting quickly is the best way to keep you and your family, including your animals, out of danger.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed a booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an evacuation.