By Wanda Vollmer - Founder, Peace of Mind Preparedness
When it comes to natural disasters, we are vulnerable here in California. Earthquakes, wildfires and flooding are all possible here on the Central Coast. Many families take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster and it's equally important to include your pets in your emergency planning.
Here are a few steps to get you started:
Make sure your pet has identification whether it is a microchip or a collar with ID tag.
Pack a disaster kit that includes, food, water, bowls, first aid kit, crate/pet carrier, extra leash/collar, vet records and a current photo of you and your pet. A familiar toy is nice to add as a comfort item.
Choose a trusted, designated caregiver for your pet. Make sure they have a set of keys to your home in the event you are not home during a disaster.
Identify shelters and pet friendly hotels ahead of time should you need to evacuate.
Depending on the pet you have, make proper accommodations based on their needs. For example, if you have horses, get them familiar with loading them in trailers.
Start planning for your pets today! Pets aren't just "like" family, they are family. Remember to never leave your pets behind. They will thank you for it!