Any major disaster could temporarily overwhelm Police, Fire and Ambulance and First Responders.
There are many daily conveniences that we all take for granted; running water, electricity, gas, telephones, getting cash from an ATM machine, or even running to the grocery store to pick up milk and bread. All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluation and improvement activities to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. In the preparedness phase, emergency managers develop plans of action to manage and counter their risks and take action to build the necessary capabilities needed to implement such plans. Proper maintenance and training of emergency services, including mass human resources such as Community Emergency Response Teams. Learn how to prepare for your family and at your workplace, explore many links to resources and see what to do for your pets. Recent natural disasters have revealed the need for emergency preparedness measures, include survival gear and food as well as medical supplies. The Midwest is the nation’s tornado hot spot, especially the corridor known as Tornado Alley.


Pay attention to natural disaster advisories and bulletins; most states have a notification system in place, with storm warnings broadcast or even texted.
Extra survival gear that could come in handy are dog booties, a life vest, a cooling vest (for warmer climates), rain jacket or poncho, and winter jacket or sweater.
Some emergency shelters will not accept animals for health and safety reasons, so have a backup emergency plan for pets. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance covers up to 90% of vet bills for your dog or cat—for a lifetime. Both the Red Cross and FEMA recommend that you try to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (3 days) following a disaster. Power outages can close grocery stores, put ATM machines out of order and prevent you from doing simple things like putting gasoline in your car. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards.
Professional emergency workers are rapidly overwhelmed in mass emergencies so trained, organized, responsible volunteers are extremely valuable. Over 600,000 animals were killed or stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to The Atlantic.


Pack a few toys and treats to distract your pet; natural disasters are stressful for animals and humans like.
If you have a tornado shelter or basement, keep your bin there; if you live in a flood-prone area, store it in a high place.
Have contact information on hand for local animal shelters, who will often care for pets during natural disasters.
Organizations like Community Emergency Response Teams and the Red Cross are ready sources of trained volunteers. In the wake of large natural disasters, the treatment and rescue of animals is typically low priority. If your pup has a history of anxiety, consider bringing a Thunder Shirt, which can help nervous pets.



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