How to build an emergency kit for your pet
by: Ivy Tan
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – With the volatile weather conditions in Central Virginia these days, it’s hard not to think about emergency preparedness for a natural disaster. While you most likely have an emergency kit to help keep your family safe during a disaster, what about your pets?
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management recommends having two kits on hand for your pets in case of an emergency. If you are sheltering in place, the VDEM suggests that you prepare a larger kit. If evacuation is required, a lightweight version is preferred. Pet kits should be inspected regularly to ensure contents, such as food or medication, are fresh.
Read on for more VDEM suggestions on how to build an emergency kit for your four-legged friends.
- Food: Be sure to keep enough food for your pet to last several days in an airtight and waterproof container.
- Water: Put away a bowl of water and, again, make sure there will be enough for several days.
- Medicine: Keep an extra supply of medication for your pet in an airtight container.
- First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian to determine your pet’s needs and appropriate solutions.
- Collar with ID tag and harness or leash: Be sure to include a backup leash, collar and ID tag, along with copies of your pet’s registration information and other relevant documents in a waterproof container and available electronically.
- Travel bag — crate or sturdy carry bag: It is ideal to keep one for each animal.
- Grooming items: If possible, include shampoo, conditioner and other pet supplies.
- Sanitation needs: If necessary, bring a pet litter box and a litter box. Newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and household bleach will also come in handy.
- A photo of you and your pet together: This will be useful if you and your pet are separated during the emergency.
- Familiar Objects: Familiar items, such as favorite toys, treats, or bedding, can help reduce your pet’s stress.