Today is National Animal Disaster Preparendess Day
Posted at 9:45 a.m.
Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Kristen Auerbach with our Animal Shelter says pets are part of our families and we need to make sure our pets are prepared for emergencies. In this video, she offers some great tips to make sure our pets are ready in case of an emergency.
Prepare your pets for emergencies. In an emergency, you may need to stay in your home, or perhaps you’ll have to leave. If you evacuate, do not leave your pets behind. Pets most likely cannot survive on their own. Plan now where your pet will stay if you have to evacuate: a friends’ or relative’s home, a pet-friendly hotel or motel, or a kennel or veterinarian’s office. Talk to your vet or local humane society about an emergency plan for your pet.
Ask Fairfax Online Chat at 11 a.m.
Staff from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and our Office of Emergency Management will be available online at 11 a.m. to answer all of your questions to help you protect your pets when the unexpected happens. Submit a question now or join in the “Ask Fairfax” online chat about pet preparedness.
There are five easy steps pet owners can take to drastically increase their pet’s resiliency to disasters:
- Build a pet emergency kit.
- ID your pet with a collar and tag or consider microchipping.
- Practice evacuating in the car or determine where to shelter-in-place with your pet.
- Create a buddy system with a relative or friend to help each other’s pets in case one of you is away from home during an emergency.
- Download a preparedness app.
As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to protect your pet during a disaster.