Living in the Valley, it’s easy to think we don’t need to prepare for a disaster or emergency situation.
Flooding and wildfires, however, are a risk here in Scottsdale. Everyday emergencies such as a summer power outage are possible too.
Preparing ahead of time is key, because if a need to evacuate occurs, you are not panicked and can leave with your dog on time. So how can you ensure you and your dog are safe? Here are some tips.
Taking our pets with us when we evacuate is part of our job as pet owners. The Humane Society of the United States advises, “If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.”
Here’s what should go in it:
Check out ready.gov for resources.
Know and discuss these routes and meetup locations with members of your household. Because the nature of an emergency will determine how far you need to go, come up with several evacuation routes that lead out of your city as well as out of the region or beyond. Go to ready.gov for more tips.
If your dog gets lost, current information can be a lifesaver. A picture of you and your dog will help in establishing ownership as well.
Remember to check items periodically because some will expire. Try to make a habit of rotating them to avoid waste.
If an emergency strikes directly at your home and you are not there, a “pet alert” window sticker is a useful tool to let first responders know of the pets residing inside. You can pick one up for free at the Arizona Humane Society or buy one on Amazon.
Ideally, you will never encounter a natural disaster or emergency situation, but hopefully being prepared brings you peace of mind.