It's 7:15 a.m. and just likethe rooster crow wake-up call my Yorkie is up-and-at-em! And ouch! That is waytoo early for a night-shifter. Still, that's the routine at mi casa each andevery morning.
I begrudgingly get up andstart my way-too-early morning. I trudge outside to take Pips for apotty. We then make our way to the kitchen for a treat. Pips begins to lap up alittle water as I make my little man some breakfast.
Why does my routine matter toYOU? It matters because it gives YOU a good idea of what you'll need for YOURpet earthquake kit. As I mark my routine I'm making a check-list of what I'dneed to care for "my kids" in the event of an emergency. Per www.earthquakecountry.org we needsupplies to last three days to one week. I begin with a plastic bin to store itall.
Let's look back. We startedwith potty. That means I'll need doggie doo-doo bags. Then we went for a treat.I toss in a small bag of dog treats. Next he wanted water. I found a fold-upcanvass water bowl perfect for a back-pack kit. Then it was breakfast. Pipsdoesn't eat much, but he does eat. So in any quake kit you'd want food andwater for your animals. The dry food stores well and if you do get canned foodmake sure there is a pull tab or you include a can opener.
My other dog is a whole otherstory. She gets an upset tummy(and worse) and eats special dog food from thevet. Let's get back to water. WATER is the most important thing for manand man's best friend. Think: one gallon of water per day per animal.
For this story, I had thebenefit of working with a rep from the American Red Cross, www.redcross.org,Hillary Anderson Preparedness Education Coordinator.
The Red Cross offers thefollowing tips:
-Plan to take your pets withyou in an evacuation. If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe forthem either.
Know which hotels and motelsalong your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Callahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no petpolicies could be waived in an emergency.
-Most American Red Crossshelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and otherconsiderations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities areallowed in Red Cross shelters.
-Know which friends,relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care foryour animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers. Although youranimals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.
-Include your pets in evacuationdrills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carrierscalmly.
-Make sure that your pet'svaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wearing collars withsecurely fastened, up-to-date identification. Many pet shelters require proofof current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease.
-Consider having your pet"microchipped" by your veterinarian.