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Pet Prepardness

Pets need a 72-hour kit as well:

  • Food, water, bowls, litter box, medicine, first aid supplies and health records.
  • Leashes and pet carriers should be together and accessible.
  • Identify pet-friendly places to stay within a 50-mile radius. Keep your pet with you if at all possible during a disaster.
  • Horses and companion livestock should not be turned loose or locked in a barn during an emergency. A large fenced area is the best way to protect your animals in a disaster involving extreme weather events.
  • Always have a weeks supply of food on hand and under cover.
  • Have an emergency source of water if services are disrupted.
  • Have transportation to evacuate. Remember that borrowing from a neighbor may not be feasible.
  • Have current health/vaccination records, proof of ownership and brand or microchip identification.
  • Identify nearby and distant evacuation sites – boarding facilities, fairgrounds, arenas etc.
  • Keep a first aid kit in your truck or trailer.
  • Production livestock should not be turned loose or locked in a barn. A large fenced area is the best way to protect your animals in a disaster involving extreme weather events.
  • Maintain a contact list of normal and alternate suppliers.
  • Know your brand inspectors and extension agents.
  • Membership in a growers or producers organization that can provide assistance in an emergency will reduce losses.
  • Know how to reach your insurance agent in the event of losses.
  • When possible, move stock out of flood or fire zones in advance, provide extra feed in severe weather events.