Article By: Jan Jeremias, MSc., DTM, RYT, CR
Contributing Writer

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, a time dedicated to ensuring that pet caretakers and parents are ready to keep their beloved animals safe during emergencies. Whether it’s a natural disaster, a severe weather event, or any unexpected crisis, having a solid plan in place for your pets is crucial. Here’s what you need to know to prepare effectively.

Include Your Pets in Your Emergency Plans

Your emergency plan should cover every member of your family, including your pets. Make sure you have a strategy for how you will evacuate and where you will go. Discuss your plan with all family members including your pets. Yes, I am a huge advocate in discussing such situations with our pets. They understand so much. Ensure everyone in your family knows their roles and responsibilities. It’s also vital to know your pets’ hiding places in your home, so you can quickly gather them if you need to leave in a hurry.

Build a Separate Emergency Kit for Your Pets

Just as you prepare an emergency kit for yourself, your pets need
their own set of supplies. Here’s what to include in your pet’s emergency kit:
• Food and Water:

At least three days worth of food and water for each pet.

Medications and Medical Records:

Include any medications your pet needs, along with copies of their medical records. Make sure to Include vaccination records, veterinary contact information and any supplement lists.

• First Aid Kit:

Basic first aid supplies, including bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, plastic bags, bottled water and any specific items recommended by your vet.

• Comfort Items:

Toys, blankets, or bedding to help reduce stress.

• Sanitation Supplies:

Pooper scoopers, plastic bags, and cat litter.

• Dog Crate and Cat Carriers:

Keep your pet safe as emergencies are frightening for everyone and having your
pet safe and sound will help them and you feel more secure during an uncertain situation.

Regularly update and check the contents of the emergency kit,ensuring that food and water are fresh, and that any supplements and/or medications are within their expiration dates.

Keep Digital Records and Pictures of Your Pets

In case you become separated from your pets, having digital records and recent photos can be invaluable. Store these on your phone or a cloud service so you can access them easily.

detailed descriptions of your pets, noting any unique characteristics, and health conditions.

Create a List of Pet-Friendly Places

Identify shelters, hotels, and friends or family members who can take your pets in case you need to evacuate. Many emergency shelters do not accept pets, so having a list of alternative accommodations is essential. Websites like Go Pet Friendly can help you find pet-friendly lodging options in advance.

Practice Evacuation Drills

Practice makes perfect, especially in emergencies. Regularly practice evacuating with your pets, so they become comfortable with the process. If you have a carrier, crate, or leash that you’ll use during an evacuation, make sure your pets are familiar with it.

Identify Pet Shelters Before an Emergency

Before an emergency strikes, research and identify pet shelters in your area.

Knowing where these shelters are located and the services they provide will save valuable time during a crisis.

Visit for more information on finding pet shelters.
Use Identification Methods

Ensure your pets have up-to-date identification tags with your contact information.

Microchipping your pet is a highly effective way to help locate them if you become separated. Remember to keep the microchip registration information current.

For more detailed information and resources, visit and start preparing today. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us.
Stay Safe!
Jan and Tonka

By Published On: May 31, 2024Categories: Pet Corner
Jan Jeremias, MSc., DTM, RYT, CR, CSO is a clinical research scientist, and expert in the usage of essential oils. Jan is a Health Coach for people and pets and is the co-author of the top selling aromatherapy book SpOIL Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats. Jan is also an energy and Reiki practitioner for Pets and has her own podcast: “Pets, People, Life, and Longevity”. Also, watch for Jan’s monthly column each month here in PET CORNER at Western Mass Women Magazine and in South Carolina Women Magazine. Reach out to Jan with questions.She can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram.

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