According to the American Veterinary Medical Association - 58.9 percent of all U.S. Households own animals. While the care of animals in disasters should never take precedence of ther the care of people, providing care for animals may facilitate the personal safety and care of a large segment of the human population.
Bergen County Emergency Management in conjuction with animal welfare groups and the veterinary community has developed a comprehensive plan for animals in an emergency.
Steps you can take NOW to protect your pet/ animal:
Make sure your pet has a collar with identification
Assemble a pet disaster supply kit -
Medications/ medical records in a waterproof container
Sturdy leashes and/or carriers
Current photos of your pet(s) - in case they get lost
Food, potable water, cat litter/pan & can opener
Information on feeding times, medical and/or behavioral issues
Pet beds & toys, if easily transportable
Find pet friendly lodging places in case you have to leave your home
You can contact relatives, hotels or animal boarders
These steps will help you take care of your pet during an emergency. Don't wait.