An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create an evacuation plan for their homes and practice it with their kids and/or others who live in the house. However sometimes people forget to including their pets, in the evacuation plan and drills. Here are some steps to take to include your pets in your plan.
Assign pet responsibilities to one person:
Everyone should know what to do during an evacuation, and that includes assigning someone to pet duty. When everyone knows what their are doing, there will be less confusion in a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep maps and pet carriers readily accessible:
If you need to leave your home in a hurry, you should know exactly where every important item is. If your pet or pets require a carrier keep them in a place that you can access easily.
Be prepared to be separated from your pet :(
No matter how much you've practiced and have gone over your plan, there is a possibility that adogor cat will run off while you are focusing on keeping your family safe. A micro chip or A GPS comparable tag can help you locate your beloved pet once it is safe to return to the area.
Last and most importantly, Practice, Practice, Practice:
Include you animal in your evacuation drills. It'll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of the window may not be as easy as you may think!