In Ohio, we don’t experience natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires on the scale that other areas of the country do. But, there could still be a time when you might need to quickly evacuate your home. Take time today to create an emergency plan that includes your pets. Here are some things to include:
Store it as close to an exit as possible. Make sure it’s clearly marked, easy to carry,
and everyone in the family knows where it is. It should include the following:
Be proactive. If there is even the slightest possibility your area may be evacuated, activate your plan. Don’t wait until the last minute to make reservations for a hotel or kennel.
If you must board your pet, identify the kennels and veterinary hospitals that will be staying open. Confirm what they require you to bring when you drop off your pet. More items may be required for an emergency stay than for a regular stay. Don’t arrive at a destination only to be turned away because pets aren’t allowed or you don’t have the proper documentation.
Remember, in the event of a disaster, your pets will be more dependent on you than ever. You owe it to them to have a plan in place that provides for their safety and well-being.