Are you and your pets prepared for natural disasters?

Are you and your pets prepared for natural disasters?

It's easy to get a Pet Disaster Kit together. Your pets are part of your family and PetWill makes it simple to protect those you love. A PetWill Pet Trust can protect your pets in the event of your disability or death, but what if your pet becomes the victim of a natural disaster? Do you have a disaster plan for your pet? The PetWill Pet Profile is the answer. When you create a PetWill Pet Trust, you’ll complete an Online Pet Profile for each of your pets. This Pet Profile is assigned a unique web address. The web address is engraved on a personalized pet tag that your pet can wear or be attached to a stall door or cage. This Pet Profile is available online, 24/7 in the event of an emergency and can be accessed anytime on any device with an Internet connection. In addition, the Pet Profile can be printed, kept with your other important papers and be available to provide emergency personnel or pet caregivers with the information they need to provide proper care for your pet, including contact information for you, your pet guardians, your pet’s vet and critical medical information. Store your PetWill Printable Pet Profile that has this information in a safe place, even on your refrigerator, taped around your window, or wall so it may be easily discovered by first responders or concerned neighbors.

The evening news is filled with horrific headlines about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, snow storms, tornadoes and fires. Not a day goes by that someplace in the United States hasn’t experienced some kind of natural disaster. None of us will forget the huge number of animals that were stranded because of the hurricane in New Orleans. Literally, thousands of animals were left homeless, with no way to reunite them with their families. If those pets had a PetWill Pet Tag, online and printed Pet Profile, many more could have gotten home to the families they love. Think of how many would have been saved!

How many of you have already created an emergency disaster plan for your pets? Does it include a printed Pet Profile that tells first responders what to do and who to call in an emergency or natural disaster if your pet is left alone and you can’t get home?

It is recommended to do the following:

  1. Get ready as soon as possible – don’t wait for a something to happen. Make sure your pets have collars and pet identification tags. The PetWill Pet Tag has both your pet’s unique web address as well as your personal contact information. Your pet can also be microchipped, but well-meaning folks likely won’t have a way to read the chip. This is where a collar with a pet id tag with updated information can realistically save your pet's life. It’s easy to do with a PetWill Pet Tag – your information can be updated easily any time there is a change and a new PetWill Pet Profile can be printed at any time. This updated information will also continue to be available online twenty four hours a day, seven days a week for anyone trying to help your pets.
  2. Create a natural disaster kit - in the event of a tornado or fire that you can’t anticipate or control or if you need to leave in a hurry. Your disaster kit should be pre-made and kept in an easy to notice spot, ready-to-grab and run. Items in your kit may include: food, water, your pet’s bowl, medications and medical records, piddle pads or litter boxes with litter, leashes and carriers, pet photos and descriptions, along with pet care instructions. This job is made easier with your printed Pet Profile that contains valuable information you’ll need including photos of your pet, pet guardian information, veterinary contact information including your pets’ medical history and current medical needs. Your Pet Profile also includes important descriptive information about your pet and your pets’ care. With a PetWill Pet Trust and Pet Profile, you won’t have to scramble at the last minute, forgetting critical care information that can keep your pet safe and reunite them with you when the danger has passed.  
  3. Know where you will stay before you leave where you are. You can’t assume that a hotel or shelter will have a “pets welcome” policy. You’ll want to keep a list of pet friendly hotels handy – there are even apps you can download to your phone that can help you anywhere in the country. Many hotels now regularly accept pets – make a list ahead of time. Confirm with friends and family that in the event of an emergency that you and your pets will be welcome. You may also want to have a handy list of kennels, stables or veterinarians that board pets, just in case. Remember, if you are on the road with your pets, others will be too and there may not be facilities available for all. If you have horses or other large animals, your disaster plan needs to include where they will go and how to get them there. If you plan to trailer large animals, make sure they will load easily and your vehicle and trailer are road safe.  
  4. If you evacuate, take your pet with you. Don’t assume someone else will come to your pets’ rescue. If it isn’t safe for you to stay at your home, it isn’t safe for your pets either. If you’ve created your disaster kit, in advance, getting ready will be easy. Grab your disaster kit, making sure you’ve got plenty of food, water, medication and your printed PetWill Pet Trust and Pet Profile. Your pets should be wearing their PetWill Pet Tag in case you get separated for any reason.  
  5. If you stay home, make sure you, your loved ones including your pets stay safe. Your disaster kit should include food, water and medicine for you too. For outside pets, bring them in, if you can. If you can’t, remove the potential for flying debris and insure their PetWill Pet Tag is securely attached to their collar, halter or enclosure. If you have a “safe room,” store your emergency disaster kit for you and your pets in that room or area of your home.
  6. If you can’t get home to your pet, make sure your pet sitter, friends, family and neighbors have a copy of your printed PetWill Pet Profile. This way they’ll know what to do and who to contact in the event of an emergency. Make sure they also know how to gain access to your home, either with a key or password, including any security codes.  

In May, there is a day called National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Don’t wait until then to create a disaster plan for your pet. It is estimated that many people don’t or won’t leave their homes in the event of a natural disaster because they have a pet. This number increases if they have pets and don’t have children. In addition, many people are injured trying to return home to rescue pets that have been left behind. This doesn’t have to happen to you and it doesn’t have to happen to your pets. A PetWill Pet Trust, Pet Tag with unique web address and personalized information, online Pet Profile that can be printed and stored with important information, is available now – for a low, one-time fee of $15.95. At that price, you can’t afford not to protect your pet. Your printed PetWill Pet Profile can save your pets’ life.