CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Your family and pets may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Kathy Jarvis is a Pet Grooming Stylist at the Good Dog Spot in Chicopee and she’helped us stay safe.
Family and Pet Disaster Checklist
- Sign up for text alerts from WWLP
- Make a plan for disaster. What is a safe location? It may be your basement or to meet at a community safe house that is set up by your town if disaster strikes.
- Community safe zones may be able to provide you with means of contact, but establishing a plan as to where to meet with your family if disaster strikes is crucial to know where everyone is. Also, Facebook has now come up with a safety feature where those who have experienced an emergency can mark themselves safe. It is a great tool and was recently used during the Louisiana floods.
- Make sure you have a plan for traveling between work and home and other commonly visited location. Before an emergency happens, list your normal and some alternative routes you can use to get to your destination. Keep a copy of this plan in your wallet or another safe place where you can access it in the event of disaster.
- ID your pet- make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet collar. If possible, attach the address and or a phone number to its collar. If your pet is microchipped make sure your info is up-to-date. Microchipping is a very good idea
- Make sure you have a current photo of your pet.
- Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated
- Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens
- Wallet plans in case of an emergency for pets
Build a separate emergency kit for your pets
- pet food
- bottle water
- veterinary Records (a binder including all medication that pet might need)
- cat litter and pan
- manual can opener
- food dishes
- medication and first aid kit
- bedding and crate
- leash/collar or harness