SOURCE Becker College
WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether it is a tornado in Kansas, a hurricane in Louisiana, a wildfire in California, an earthquake, a nuclear plant failure, floods, blizzards, or a family emergency, you know you need to be prepared for yourself and your children. Dean of the Becker College School of Animal Studies, Dr. Richard French, encourages pet owners to consider that other family member: the dog, the cat, or even the fish.
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, more than 250,000 pets - from cats and dogs to parrots and fish - were left stranded by the storm's destruction. Many owners who expected to return within a few days left food and water for their pets. But days turned into weeks, and the pets had to struggle to survive.
For pet owners, saving their beloved animals from approaching disaster can be as important as caring for themselves. Not many years after Katrina, some 15 million dogs, 14 million cats, and 1.5 million horses were in the path of Hurricane Sandy, according to the American Humane Association.
Many people believe first responders will care for their pets, but their obligation is to people. Few have training in animal rescue and handling, and that is not the priority in an emergency. In fact, pets can be an obstacle for first responders, hindering their ability to perform their jobs. The best thing you can do is to have a plan and all the equipment and supplies you might need to protect your pets in an emergency before disaster strikes.
Since 2004, National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been observed every September. Now is the time to create a plan and explore the services in your area. A good place to start is with your veterinarian, your state veterinary office, or the regional ASPCA. Here are some additional steps you can take:
You can also create an Evacuation Kit and have it on hand. Some of the items to include are:
You can make this a family project so that everyone in the family knows what's in the kit and where it is in the event of an emergency. Taking these measures now can give both you and your family peace of mind. And your pet, though always giving unconditional love, will love you for it.
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