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For Your Pets: Have a kennel for each animal. If your home is destroyed, you'll need some kind of shelter for your pet. Store a 30 day supply of food, water, and first aid supplies for your pets outside your home. Prearrange with a neighbor to come and check on your animals and take care of them should disaster strike. Prepare to find a lost pet by identifying each pet in your house. Comb out their fur/hair and place that fur/hair inside a clean, dry envelope. Seal it up and write the animals name on it. Attach a photo, Have your animal micro chipped or tattooed. Store this information in your car.
For You: Store a 30-day supply of food, camping supplies, shelter, first aid kit, flashlight, change of clothing, cold weather gear, sleeping bags, and cooking supplies outside your house in a small shed or rubber garbage container. If you live in an apartment, store everything in a large rubber garbage container outside on your deck, or in the closet closest to your door. In your car, store a 5-day supply of food, water, change of clothing, sleeping bag, toilet paper, first aid kit, flashlight, heavy boots, leather gloves, safety glasses, and a battery-powered AM/FM radio. In your work space, store a 3-day supply of food, water, flashlight, plastic bag, and toilet paper.
REMEMBER: The American Red Cross will not allow your pet inside a disaster shelter. Most cellular telephones won't work after a disaster, nor will normal telephones. If you're at work or on the road, that's where you'll stay unless you can walk home; roads will be closed, power lines and trees down, and car accidents all over the place. You'll be camping or walking.
By Harry Oakes, Search and Rescue Coordinator for International K-9 Search and Rescue Services.
This information taken from the Dog Nose News, Volume 1, No. 9, April 1, 2001, Portland, Oregon