Summertime is Finally Here! Do You Have an Emergency Disaster Kit for Your Pet?

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Summertime is Finally Here!

Do You Have an Emergency Disaster Kit for Your Pet?



Summertime ... 

It elicits memories and thoughts of great backyard barbeques and family and friends enjoying warm nights on decks and patios.  You can almost feel the mist and cool water of lawn sprinklers and swimming pools.  Taste the icy-cold drinks.


Summertime is "fun in the hot sun" and "making great memories while wearing flip-flops" ...

But summertime can also be the season of natural disasters ...  


Tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, wildfires ... they most commonly rear their ugly heads during hotter summer months.

Over the last few months, because of the COVID-19 Crisis, the need for emergency planning has become apparent to Americans.  The crisis has highlighted the urgent need for emergency planning and preparedness.  


Who of us hasn't reacted to the crisis and stocked up on those things that we know are essential needs for ourselves and loved ones?


Whether it's been toilet paper, bottled water, hand-sanitizer, food, medicines, or something else, we've enacted our "Emergency Plans" and prepared for the likelihood of shortages occurring.  We've prepared and faced the possibility that access to stores and goods might become limited ... and our ability to get out and purchase the items might be limited as well.


But humans are not the only ones facing this crisis.  Our pets face them right along with us.  Our furry friends face the physical dangers and the resulting risks too.  But typically, if a situation is not safe for us, it's not safe for them either.


June is National Pet-Preparedness Month ... and it's the perfect time to prepare an Emergency/Disaster Kit for pets.  The pre-planning and preparation performed could save their lives should a disaster occur.

So what should your Pet Emergency/Disaster Kit contain?


First, you should construct and enable a pet evacuation plan.  Pro-actively find what options for pet-friendly shelter you have available near you, both if you keep your pet with you or if you're unable to do so.  


As a part of your plan, you should have a notice/sticker on or at your home's front entrance alerting all that a pet resides in the home.


If you're unable to shelter with your pet, the following may be an option and meet your needs:

  • Veterinarian offices
  • Boarding facilities
  • Animal shelters
  • Pet-friendly hotels
  • Friends or Relatives nearby  (They can be extremely helpful should you be away when a disaster occurs)


Secondly: Keep your pet's medical records close-at-hand. 


Most shelters will require that you provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations/shots, emergency or not.  It's also wise to authorize a caregiver for your pets, should you be unable to see to their care or medical decisions to be made.

The items suggested for your Emergency/Disaster Kit include the following items:

  • A (minimum) 10-day supply of pet food(s) for each animal
  • Feeding instructions for pet(s)
  • Food/water bowls
  • 10-day bottled water supply for each animal
  • Pet First-Aid Kit
  • Proof of up-to-date shots/vaccinations/heartworm results, etc.
  • Prescriptions for medicines taken
  • Medicines
  • Their Veterinarian's contact info
  • Photos of your pet(s)
  • Pet bed, blanket, towel
  • Pet toys
  • Extra leashes and collars
  • If a cat, include a litter pan and litter for a minimum of a 10-day period
  • Disposable garbage bags needed for clean-up purposes
  • Paper towels
  • A Flashlight with good batteries
  • Grooming items
  • Small bottle of bleach 
  • Small supply of cleaning supplies
  • Copy of municipality pet registration (if applicable)
  • If microchipped, include microchip info
  • Your/Owner contact information
  • Comfort items preferred by your pet(s)

June's National Pet Preparedness Month celebrations provide us the perfect reminder to take action on our pets' behalf. 


Take this opportunity to assemble an Evacuation Plan and Emergency/Disaster Kit for your pets.  That way you are always prepared for a natural disaster or emergency should one arise.



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Comments (8)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As usual you shared some wonderful and useful advice when it comes to taking care of pets.  During this crazy time, pet adoptions are at an all time high, and some shelters have waiting lists...A

Jun 01, 2020 10:42 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
One of the very few “good” things that have come to us via the Covid-19 crisis, Alexandra .., adopting is good ...
Jun 01, 2020 10:47 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gene I don't have any pets, but I think an emergency kit is an excellent idea.

Jun 01, 2020 02:07 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
The idea hit me as common-sense, George ... but also very loving. We’re going to put one together for our grand-dog, Lily for her birthday ..,
Jun 01, 2020 10:45 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

yes we do.  Have had for years.  When we lost our dogs, we donated our on the go dog supplies.

Jun 01, 2020 02:37 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
A very thoughtful gesture, Don ... and I’m sure very appreciated
Jun 01, 2020 10:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - What a thoughtful idea! This would make an excellent gift for clients, seniors, or any other family members or friends. I'm sure they would greatly appreciate it. 

Jun 01, 2020 05:06 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
I really like your idea of “gifting” a kit, Patricia ... many of the items are universal. What new homeowner with pets wouldn’t appreciate it?? Great idea!
Jun 01, 2020 10:42 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Congratulations on being selected for the feature in the BananaTude Group. Thanks for the great idea!


Jun 01, 2020 05:28 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
Love that ‘Tude thumbs up, Patricia ... thank you!
Jun 01, 2020 10:40 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

good evening Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - we curenly have no pets although we do have two granddogs.

Jun 01, 2020 06:45 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
Then I’m hoping your grand-dogs have an Emergency Kit to protect them, Grant. Our furry grandchildren must be seen to also ...
Jun 01, 2020 10:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Such great advice, Gene. People often forget they need to prepare for emergencies not just for the human family, but for the four-legged family as well.

Jun 02, 2020 04:24 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gene- this is excellent advice. And, we need to be prepared throughout the year if we have to leave our homes. Some shelters will not accept pets if you have to evacuate, so find out which ones do!

Jun 02, 2020 10:57 AM
Kathy Streib

As with so many things, it's best to act proactively and to educate yourself ahead of time, Kathy Streib ... no doubt about it ...


Jun 03, 2020 09:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gene, very timely post for our pets this time of year.   I had my kitty on the patio this morning, she enjoyed the outdoor smells.

Jun 03, 2020 08:12 AM
Joan Cox

Seems this time of the year has the aptitude for presenting us many challenges, no matter our location Joan Cox ... so true.  Glad your kitty enjoyed their free time outdoors!


Jun 03, 2020 09:49 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s sometimes slow and fast at the same time when you’re waiting for something for this long. :)

Jun 17, 2020 09:54 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Gene, you know we are big pet lovers. We are their resource, and they can't do it without us. Thanks so much for this wonderful advice.  D 

Jul 04, 2020 04:24 PM