Being prepared is key. I know that we often do not think of the Portland-Metro area as the center for disasters, but in the last six months, we have experienced devastating wildfires and currently the aftermath of a historic winter storm.
Like many in September, I was constantly checking the evacuation level for my zone and then, two weeks ago, was displaced for seven days without power or access to my home.
These situations are often unexpected, stressful, and require us to act hurriedly, gathering our most needed and precious belongings as quickly as we can. I don’t know about you but in instances like above, I’m going to forget a few things, usually my toothbrush. It’s so incredibly helpful to have a “go” bag for my pets because several items they need can not just be found at the grocery store.
The CDC has a wonderful checklist that can be modified for your pet’s individual needs but is a great starting point for your cat or dog’s disaster kit.
Documents: (place in a water proof bag)
- Photocopied veterinary records
- Rabies certificate
- Prescriptions for medications
- Registration/Adoption records
- Microchip number (make sure the microchip company has your accurate phone number and address)
- Feeding and medication instructions for each of your pets
- Recent photograph of each of your pets
- Copies of your contact information
- 2-week supply of food for each pet stored in waterproof containers
- 2-week supply of water for each pet
- 2-week supply of any medication (if applicable)
- One month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
- Non-spill food and water dishes
- Manual can opener
- Paper towels and plastic bags for accident clean up
- Litter Box and litter (if applicable) Other
- Leash, collar with ID tags, and harness
- Appropriately sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
- Pet first aid book and first aid kit