Some of us live in places where seasonal weather pushes us to be on our toes at all times. When natural causes such as floods, earthquakes, or hurricanes force us to either be without access to certain creature comforts or force us to leave our homes for safety reasons, we need to make sure our whole family is safe and has enough essentials for a few days.
If you’re unsure what to do during an emergency and live in New York City, you can attend an event this Thursday in Union Square Park hosted by Ready New York, ASPCA, The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and several other organizations from 2pm to 7pm that will help pet parents know what to do during an emergency. You’ll meet the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, take a tour of the Animal Rescue Transport Trailer, and watch a CPR demonstration by the Red Cross, as well as other talks and demonstrations.
In the event of an emergency, here’s a few tips to help make things a little easier:
1: Keep ID on your pet at all times. Dogs should have a collar on that has your name, telephone number, and an emergency contact. Microchipping is strongly advised and increases your chances of retrieving your pet if they get lost during an evacuation.
2: Keep the pet carriers, leashes, harnesses in an accessible place and near an exit. For reptiles and fish, a smaller lightweight plastic tank for transporting is recommended.
3: If you have to leave your pet behind, make sure you have a static window cling or sticker that indicates the number of pets in the house and a contact number. Rescuers will know to spend extra time looking for your frightened cat if you have one these hanging up.
4: Keep copies of your pet’s medical records together and on hand as well as the phone numbers of your vet, local animal shelters, and humane society. If you’re able to, scan and email yourself the medical records to keep an electronic copy in case the paper copies get ruined. This way, your pet’s history is with you and chances are you’ll have access to a computer at some point after you’ve evacuated.
5: Have pictures of your pets and keep them in the emergency kit or in your wallet. You’ll need them if you become separated from them. Be ready to describe any distinguishing marks they have or characteristics.
Hopefully, you’ll never find yourself having to evacuate your home but if you do, having some of these tips under your belt will make the whole experience just a little less stressful.