Are you prepared for a disaster?If there was a chemical spill in your neighborhood or a gas leak and you hadto evacuate, would you be prepared to move yourself, your family and your pets out ofthe area? Would you have some place to go and have all of your pets’ food, waterand equipment ready to go at a moment’s notice? What if you weren’t home at thetime; how would you provide for your pets since you would not be able to go back toyour house? Do you take your pets up North during the year? Forest fires andflooding frequently require evacuation at a moment’snotice.C.J. Anderson presented a seminar on Emergency and Disaster Safety on August 1in conjunction with the newly formed Yellow Dog Non-profit. ALL financial, resourceand skill donations raised from this class will go to start this new non-profitorganization which will provide special need support for pets that are undergoing treatmentfor cancer. Also providing valuable information on cats was Elizabeth Pericles whodoes Cat Behavior consulting.www.allaboutcatsaz.wordpress.com.C.J. most important message was, “in the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate,the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too.”Leaving pets behind, even if you think you have a safe place to do so, can result in injury, lossor worse. Some ideas on being prepared include thefollowing:
- Have a safe place to take your pets by planning ahead. Contact hotels andmotels outside your area ahead of time to see which ones take pets. Ask friends or relativesif they can take your pets if needed. Check with Vets and boarding facilities if theycan shelter in anemergency.
- Assemble a Pet Disaster Supply Kit in an easily portablecontainer. Medications
- Plan ahead and make sure the entire family knows what todo.
pet first aid kit. (Visit our website for the complete first aid list and a sign todisplay which alerts emergency personnel that you have pets in thehouse, www.arizonagoldenrescue.org)
The last part of the seminar involved first aid for dogs and cats which includedhands-on practice for Rescue Breathing, CPR, Chocking and Bleeding andBandaging.
Discussion and video was used to explain what to do in case of shock,burns, poisoning, eye and ear problems and heat stroke. For more information onanimal safety, goto http://www.redcross.org/wwwfiles/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/PetSafety.pdf