You Have Domesticated Your Animals, You
Owe It to Them to Become “Animal Disaster Prepared”
are part of our lives – the
Animals: goats, donkeys, mules, cattle,
horses, emus, alpacas, lamas, sheep,
pigs, rabbits, hedgehogs, mice, rats,
chinchillas, raccoons, bears, deer,
elk, buffalo, skunks, monkeys, snakes,
cats, dogs, birds, squirrels, birds,
chickens, or any others I may not
give us friendship and companionship.
Some even help increase our family
income and business profits.
when disaster strikes, have you made
plans to care for them? Don’t
wait! Here are 6 simple things you
can do to plan to care for your animals
if disaster strikes.
Store Extra Water
How about storing some extra water for your animals in case of an emergency.
Just like humans, animals will need water in case of an emergency. (Horses
need at least 8 gallons per day!)
This winter, if you have outside animals, remember that when the water is very
cold - animals drink less and you may have to break the ice for them. Many
animals need water so you might consider a way of having warm water for them!
Store Food and Be Sure You Re-cycle
it Every 3 Months
Do you have extra feed on hand
or available for your animals in
case of a disaster? It’s
important to store extra feed for
your animals. Also make sure that
you have a place to store the food. If you have grains, keep them in covered
containers. (Remember not to store grains in rubber or plastic containers.)
ID Your Animals
It’s important to have a way to identify your animals. Keep a current photo
and keep them in a water-proof bag. You might even want to order two sets of
and store the second set someplace other than at home. If you own horses or cattle,
and you do not have a brand inspection – get one.
Find A Buddy
If you are away a lot or work far
away from home, you may want to
find a neighbor or
that could check up on your animals
in case you can’t get home.
Let them know where the food and
water is and make sure they understand
what your animals eat and
how much. Also any write our instructions about any medications that need to
have a white board in our barn and
where we write instructions about
feeding and watering our horses.
Take a few
minutes to explain things or write
them out. You can also write out
instructions and put them in a large
plastic bag and put it someplace
people would know to look. (i.e.
near where the food is stored.)
Make Plans If You Can Not Return
If you can’t return home, plan ways that you can care for your animals.
Remember that many human shelters do not allow animals, so you’ll need
to talk with people you know, your vet, and friends. If you have to leave your
animals try and make a plan for caring for them you might even call your local
Humane Society and see if they have contacts or an organized group that could
Start a Disaster Kit and Keep
Write down things that you might
need including food, blankets,
first aid supplies, medications,
bedding and tools. Start putting
together – start
with a flashlight and batteries. And do not forget to include water for your
Select Several Safe Places to
Talk it over with your family and friends. Think about it, where could you
and animals meet up with other members of your family?
8.) Make Sure You Have Cash
Yes, you might need some cash because power could be out and so could access
to any ATM. Always keep some cash in a safe place just in case.
Invest the Time to Build a Preplan
Once you have all your information about your animals (records and photos)
invest the time to develop your own HTML Emergency Plan that includes detailed
information about your animals. It is important for people to realize that
if a disaster strikes most people will have to help themselves, their families
and their animals.