Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network is poised and ready to help at a moment’s notice during a disaster. This network helps to ensure that all of the animals, though stressed and upset, have proper nutrition to keep them healthy until they can be reunited with their owners. From the stories we heard during the South Carolina floods, people barely had time to evacuate their human families from their homes and unfortunately many were separated from their pets. It is important to have a plan in place that ensures the health and safety of your pet in times of crisis. Hill's® established the first-of-its-kind national network in 2013 as an extension of it's Food, Shelter & Love program to quickly respond with shipments of pet food to communities impacted by disaster. Since 2013, the Hill's network has delivered free pet food to more than 60 different shelters and veterinary clinics across the United States in response to 25 major incidents.
May 14 is FEMA National Pet Disaster Preparedness day. We admit that we've been a little slack in being prepared, but realize this is the perfect time to make preparations for those unexpected emergencies. The Hill's Disaster Relief Network recommends these Seven Tips to Ensure Your Pet's Safety in an Emergency.
- Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
- Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Go-Kit should include the following: first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when they are frightened. Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet - friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate if possible for transport and safe - keeping.
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Hill's has designed an informative checklist to help each of you put together your own Pet Emergency Go-Kit. We recommend that you assist your humans in organizing your Go-Kit and we hope you never need to use it.
|Graphic courtesy of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc.|