Pets: Fairfax Prepares Day 1

Posted 11:42 a.m.

Fairfax Prepares Day 1(First of 30 ideas as part of a preparedness campaign this September. Learn more.)

Those of us with pets love them. They are part of our family.

When a disaster strikes, such as a flood or tornado, we need be ready to take proper care of and plan for our dogs, cats and other pets.

In an ongoing emergency survey right now, only 13 percent of respondents said they have made preparedness kits for their pets. Let’s work as the whole community to improve that percentage.

Photo of two cats; make sure you have plans for your animals, too.Your disaster pet kit should include:

  • Food and water for at least three days
  • Medications and medical records
  • Cat litter box and litter
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers
  • Current photos and descriptions
  • Pet beds and toys
  • Information about your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Buy an extra bag (or cans) of food for your pet the next time you go to the store.

TELL US you’ve done this:

  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
  • Email us at that you accomplished an ask.



  • Click the links below to email, share on social media or print a hard copy. Thanks!

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7 responses to “Pets: Fairfax Prepares Day 1”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Done it. Thanks for sharing ideas!

  2. Anonymous says :

    You can keep the extra supplies in your pet’s travel kennel – that way it is all in one place. Most pet stores carry disposable litter trays that will fit in the carrier.

  3. Anonymous says :

    Consider gettng your pet microchipped, add a copy of the contact information and phone number of the locating company in with the emergency supplies. Add your name and contact information to the carrier, collar, leash, anything that may help identify your pet if you get separated. Add age, name, meds in perm marker to the outside of the carrier as well.

  4. Anonymous says :

    Get your pet microchipped! In perm marker add your name and contact information as well as pet’s name, age, medical information to the outside of the carrier so it is easy to spot if the carrier with pet inside gets separated from you. Add name and contact information to collar (tags can come off) and leash as an added precaution.