National Preparedness Month: How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Event of an Unexpected Emergency
With this month focusing on disaster planning, our crew at SERVPRO of San Marcos/New Braunfels wants your loved ones to remain safe during any weather or natural related crises. For some people, a loved one includes their pets.
Whether it be a flood or fire caused by violent storms, mapping out an emergency plan that is specially designed for your pets will help to make it easier for you or first responders to transfer your domesticated animals promptly safely.
Here are a few tips to help your family's pet have adequate arrangements during a disaster-stricken period:
- Prepare ahead of time for a family member or friend to temporarily board your pets. Even ask if there's an area within their residence available for you to store the necessities your pet may require during their brief stay with them.
- If you're unable to leave your pet with a family member or friend, check which local hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets in an emergency. Space may be limited. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate.
- Include your pets in evacuation drills for them to become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly.
For any reason you are unable to get to your pets safely, there are effective ways to help first responders locate them. Just like you would use a rescue sticker for the children in your home, the same can be applied for pets. This sticker is available online or consider asking your veterinarian if they have them on hand. It is best to write the types and number of pets in your household along with your veterinarian's phone number. Remember, visibility is of high importance to rescue workers.
Just by doing these extra steps, this increases the chances of a safe and speedy return of your pet to the family.
Being unexpectedly forced to leave your house unattended due to moderate or severe storm damage can be frustrating. Know that the trained professionals at SERVPRO of San Marcos/New Braunfels are here to respond immediately. We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition.
We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at, (830) 625-0578.