4 Tips to Help Keep Your Pets Safe During a Natural Disaster

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To ensure your pet’s safety in the event of a natural disaster, here are four tips you can follow.

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In the event of a natural disaster, our primary goal is to keep our loved ones safe, and that includes our pets. Here are four tips that will help you do just that.

First, make sure you know where your pet likes to hide because that’s likely where you’ll find them if a natural disaster strikes. In our house, we like to make sure our pets are trained to reliably come to us when we call them, and we do this with high-value treats. Sugar and Zelda love freeze-dried chicken (and they love to practice this drill).

Second, decide in advance where you’ll take your pet in a disaster. Floods, fires, and storms may require different evacuation routes, and not every hotel or public shelter will take pets during an evacuation.

Don’t wait for a disaster to occur—develop your plan now.

Third, make sure your pet is easy to identify. If you get separated from your pet or you have to leave them in a shelter, make it easy to identify them and know how to care for them. Try having them microchipped, or at least have a tag on their collar.

Lastly, don’t forget about them when preparing your own personal disaster kit. You may need things like collapsible bowls for food and water or a manual can opener.

The bottom line is this: Don’t wait for a disaster to occur—develop your plan now. If you’d like to receive a starter checklist to help you get started, call or text us and we’d be happy to send you one.

As always, if you have any other real estate-related questions, feel free to reach out to us as well. We’d love to help you.