Commentary: Tips for your pets in the event of an emergency

Residents should be ready for Pet Preparedness Month.

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Commentary: Tips for your pets in the event of an emergency

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Natural disasters and other unexpected emergencies require readiness for every member of the family, including pets. Pet Preparedness Month encourages residents to incorporate the needs of their pets in family-emergency plans.

What can people do to prepare their pets in the event of an emergency?

• Keep veterinarian information and vaccination records in a safe place.
• Include pet toys, treats or bedding in emergency kits to help reduce the stress of pets.
• Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Pet ID tags should contain name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
• Microchip pets as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
• Include in emergency kits a small hand shovel, cat litter or plastic bags for pet-sanitation needs.
• Bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
• Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the household knows where it is.
• Replace old food and medication and update photos and emergency contact information annually.

For additional information on pet preparedness, visit bit.ly/2RfapIj or longbeach.gov/disasterpreparedness.