Saturday, May 4 is WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY. Learn more about how you can take part in community activities here.
This is also the time to prepare yourself and your family for wildfires. Get started with these simple actions.
1. Have a communication plan for how you will get information and stay in touch with loved ones.
2. Create a 30-foot zone of defensible space around your home.
3. Determine if you have sufficient insurance coverage to protect your property.
June is National Pet Preparedness month. Just as we prepare ourselves and other members of our families for emergencies, if we live with pets, we need to gather emergency supplies and make plans for our pets too. Not sure how to get started? This fact sheet from ready.gov/pets is a great resource.
Important basics to include in your pet’s emergency kit are:
- at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container
- a first aid kit appropriately stocked for your pet’s emergency needs
- collar with ID tag, harness or leash, and vaccination information
- favorite toys, treats, and bedding
Watch how Basil the Disaster Kitten gets prepared for a natural disaster in this fun video from the Humane Society of the United States.
K-State Veterinarian Susan Nelson shares tips for planning to keep pets safe in disasters. Read the news release. FEMA also has resources at ready.gov/pets
A significant number of families have pets and they’re part of the family. They need to be ready for a disaster too. Find more information at ready.gov/pets
Sharing this post from the archives in honor of National Pet Week! In addition to the resources at the links below, the American Veterinary Medical Association shares this resource.
As we plan ahead and prepare for emergencies and natural disasters, it is important to consider all members of our households and that includes our pets. Check out these tips posted recently by Tanika C. Whittington, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Legislative and Public Affairs, on the USDA blog.
Prepare a pet emergency supply kit with supplies for at least three days. Plan what you will do in an emergency. Stay informed about current or potential emergencies in your area.