Jun 29, 2011
WSPA provides relief to animals caught in disasters all over the world but even in Canada, disasters can strike. Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and floods are just a few of the many emergencies you and your pets may encounter, with devastating consequences. Having a plan for protecting your animals in these times can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, don’t forget to plan for your animals, too.
Here are some tips to help you get prepared:
1. Have a plan
Planning ahead, recording your plan and going over it with friends and family is the best first step. The federal, provincial and municipal governments have different responsibilities when disasters strike, and your city or province may not have disaster plans that include animals. So, be sure to check with your province and municipality when making your plan.
2. Keep an emergency kit, with these items:
3. Plan for evacuation
If you are forced to evacuate, doing so with an animal can be challenging with no plan in place. Keep your emergency kit and animal carrier in an easy-to-access place, and try to pre-arrange a safe location for your pets to evacuate to. Some emergency shelters may accept animals, but be sure to check with your province and your municipality to see if animals are allowed in human emergency shelters. If you’re forced to leave your animals behind, do not tie them up. Find the safest possible place and leave enough food and clean water for a minimum of 72 hours. Place a rescue alert sticker on your outside doors so rescuers know there is an animal inside.
Are animals included in your province and municipality's disaster plans? If not, write to your MPP and city Councillor and ask them to include animals in disaster planning.
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