Do You Have A Disaster Plan And Kit For Your Pets? Get Your Plans Here.

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty

 

Don't Forget About Your Pets During National Preparedness Month In September

The month of September might almost be over, but before September turns into October, it's worth pointing out that disasters can happen at any time of the year and not just in September.

 

Do you have a plan in place to keep your pets disaster-ready regardless of the month? With so many American households with dogs and cats in the home, it's  important to have a pet plan and disaster kit to protect and care for them during a disaster. Being prepared in advance will reduce panic and uncertainty when/if a disaster strikes. As part of September's National Preparedness Month, and all year long, don't forget about your four-legged family members.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided comprehensive  pet cat and pet dog disaster kit checklists (below). Meantime, if you need to evacuate your home during a disaster, here are four important tips to follow:

 

  1. Plan for your pets before it's too late in a disasterTake your pets with you... DO NOT leave them behind.  Transport them in a crate and keep a leash near the crate for easy access. Use a harness secured with a strap the clicks into a seatbelt if you can't crate your pet. Be sure that collars and crates are securely fastened.

  2. Hotels, motels and boarding facilities that welcome pets tend to fill up quickly.  Reserve early at places with a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you're planning on going to a local evacuation center, find out in advance if they accept pets. Many evacuation centers allow only service animals. Know in advance where you will take your pet. 

  3. Bring out your pets’ crates, place bedding in them and let your pets get used to seeing the crates to avoid last minute panic (especially important for cats). Practice evacuating or sheltering in place with your pet to familiarize your pet with the process, so if/when the time comes to evacuate, it won’t frighten them as much.

  4. CDC suggests implementing a buddy system with friends, family, neighbors in the event you’re not home when disaster strikes. Have a trusted person you can call to check on pets and evacuate them if necessary. Having a kit ready to go will make it easier for them if you aren’t there.

 

DISASTER KIT CHECKLIST FOR YOUR CAT(S)

Disaster Checklist for Cats

 

DISASTER CHECKLIST FOR YOUR DOG(S)

Dog Safety Checklist during disaster

 

You can avoid the heartbreak of losing your beloved pet(s) during a natural disaster. All it takes is a bit of advance planning/preparedness.

 

VIDEO: HOW TO SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE IN A NATURAL DISASTER

 

 

This information about keeping your pets safe during a disaster and disaster checklists for pets is provided by Nina Hollander/Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker, your Charlotte region residential real estate experts and pet loving neighbors and pet parents, ourselves. We urge all our friends, clients, colleagues to plan, prepare, and most importantly, to stay safe... and to keep your pets safe too!

 

Nina Hollander can help you find a home for your best friend, too

 

 

Featured Image Credited to Lakewood Animal Hospital

Plan Before It's Too Late Image Credited to OlsenVet.com

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Comments (18)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are great checklists for pet owners to have and be prepared in case of a disaster.

Sep 27, 2021 04:28 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Nina. As spoiled as are Yorkie was, we were guilty of not having a disaster plan or kit. Thanks for the tips! Enjoy your day.

Sep 27, 2021 04:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Nina - I know that my daughter has her plan for her year old beagle who now needs lots of help.

Sep 27, 2021 05:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England hi Brian... I suspect this is one disaster plan many households forget to do.

Sep 27, 2021 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Wayne Martin good morning, Wayne. I would guess you were in the majority in that regard.

Sep 27, 2021 05:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Grant Schneider good morning, Grant... old, young, middle aged... we need plans for out pets whatever their stage in life. They certainly can't do it for themselves!

Sep 27, 2021 05:34 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nina, I lke the idea of this checklist. Advanced planning is important for any pet owner and pet lover!

Sep 27, 2021 05:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share. Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

 

Sep 27, 2021 05:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... I suspect that many who love their pets don't have a plan at the ready. Hopefully, this will inspire more pet parents to put one together.

Sep 27, 2021 06:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Roy Kelley hi Roy... I put this post together early in the month for National Preparedness Month and then somehow forgot about it.

Sep 27, 2021 06:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, you come up with such interesting posts, and guess when you live on a coast, you do have to prepare for storms.  

Sep 27, 2021 06:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nina,

We would never leave a furry creature behind...perish the thought.  During our storm and slides all the hotels in town became pet friendly...Luckily we stayed put.  A

Sep 27, 2021 07:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... I think these tips work for people who live along costs, near places that are in the path of forest fires, earthquakes, mud slides, etc.

Sep 27, 2021 08:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... I think in many places hotels become more pet friendly during disasters... then again,  I also feel as if I'm hearing way too much about how hotels are fleecing people during those times.

Sep 27, 2021 08:39 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker, I will never leave my fury boys behind. It is a great idea to have a list. 

Sep 27, 2021 09:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Beth Atalay hi Beth... I can't think of anyone I know who would do so... and yet, everytime there's a disaster you see all sorts of abandoned dogs and cats.

Sep 27, 2021 09:23 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina,  Not sure if the fish in the fish tank would come allong with us on vacation,

Sep 27, 2021 12:07 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Will Hamm hi Will.. I suppose fish in a tank are a whole other "kettle of fish," as they say.

Sep 27, 2021 12:29 PM