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Protect Your Pets

October 18th is the 10th Annual "Great California Shake Out" Earthquake drill, which is geared to help people prepare for big earthquakes and survive. Of course this time of year also marks the beginning of fire season here in Southern California, so we want to take the time to educate our customers on important safety tips to keep in mind. While both of these scenarios can be quite scary in the moment, you don't have to fear the unknown when you have an organized, well-thought out plan of action for your entire family (Remember - Pets are family, too!)

How to prepare for an emergency in socal

Pet Emergency Kit for Each Animal:

Stock up on the items you may need during a disaster now so you do not get caught unprepared. Below are basic items you should include in your pets’ disaster kits. Store your disaster kit supplies in an easy-to-grab container.

  • One-week supply of food. Store it in a water-tight container and rotate it every three months to keep it fresh. If you use canned food, include a spare can opener. Our convenient 5 LB bags of pet food make it easy to carry around an extra supply, and stays fresh for up to 1 year if stored properly away from heat and moisture. Shop our selection of pet food recipes and sizes here.
  • One-week supply of fresh water. If officials declare your household water unfit to drink, it’s also unsafe for your pets. Follow American Red Cross guidelines for storing emergency water for your family and your pets.
  • Medication. If your animal takes medication, a replacement supply may not be easily available following a disaster; be sure to pack their medication with you with labels so a temporary care giver, friend, or neighbor can properly give your pet what they need.
  • Copies of Vaccination Records
  • Photographs of you with your pets to prove ownership & to identify your pet in case they get lost/separated.
  • Pet First Aid Kit (we recommend ordering one online to ensure you have everything you need!)
  • Temporary ID tags. If you’ve evacuated, use this to record your temporary contact information and/or the phone number of an unaffected friend or relative.
  • Carrier for each animal. Caregivers of multiple cats or other small animals can use an EvacSak, which is easy to store and use for transport. Often times disaster zones can cause temporary confinement; be sure to have a crate or some sort of pet carrier handy just in case.
  • Multiple Leashes (you could help someone else's pet, too)
  • Keep Them Comfortable: Pack a Pet Bed & Pet Blanket
  • Fun Stuff: Treats & Toys

Microchip Your Pets
Microchip identification is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Be sure to keep the microchip registration up-to-date, and include at least one emergency number of a friend or relative who resides out of your immediate area.

Keep a collar and tag on your pets at all times!
Keep several current phone numbers on your animal’s identification tag. Identification on indoor-only cats is especially important. If your home is damaged during a disaster, they could easily escape.

Find a Pet-Friendly place to stay
Search in advance for out-of-area pet-friendly hotels or boarding facilities, or make a housing exchange agreement with an out-of-area friend or relative. Never leave your pet behind if you evacuate!

Search for pet-friendly accommodations at:

Make a game plan with people you trust

By providing a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor with a spare key, instructions, and a meeting location, they could evacuate your pets for you if you are not near your home or unable to enter due to extreme conditions.

Know where to search for lost animals
When animals become lost during a disaster, they often end up at a local shelter. Keep handy the locations and phone numbers of the shelters in your area.

Identify Emergency Veterinary Facilities
If a disaster has affected your community, emergency veterinary facilities may be closed. Pets may become injured or ill during a disaster, so make sure you know how to access other emergency facilities near your community or outside your local area.

For more helpful tips on how to plan for an emergency, visit the links below.

American Red Cross