When stocking up on basic supplies for emergencies, don’t forget your pets!
As with emergency supplies for people, stock enough food and water to last at least a week, and rotate those supplies every couple of months. Figure on half a gallon of water per pet per day, and try to stick to freeze-dried and dry food if possible.
It’s a good idea to store pet needs in a plastic storage bin and keep it in the truck of your car. Make sure your pets have food and water dishes, preferably collapsible variety that don’t take up much space.
In addition, your pet emergency kit should include:
Photocopies of your pets’ medical records and recent photos of your pets, in a waterproof storage bag
Whatever medications your pets need, also in a waterproof container (remember to rotate these, too)
Pet first-aid kit and guidebook
A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier for each pet
Blanket or cushion for bedding
Paper towels, disposable garbage bags and disinfectant
For dogs, an extra collar or harness and leash, a tie out, chew toys and clothing
For cats, disposable litter trays, litter and a scoop, toys and clothing
Just knowing you have these supplies on hand should they ever be needed will make you feel more prepared to cope effectively and take good care of your pets in whatever emergency arises!