LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2020 – It’s wildfire season in California, and everyone should be prepared to evacuate their home if needed – but don’t forget Fluffy! The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region reminds pet owners that their furry friends are dependent on them for their safety during an emergency. Your disaster plans must include your pets, and below are steps you can take to help keep your beloved pets safe.
“The best way to protect your household from a disaster is to have a plan and making sure to include your pets can save time during an emergency and minimize confusion,” said Guillermo Sanchez, Preparedness and Resiliency Manager for the American Red Cross in Los Angeles. “We should plan for pets just like we would plan for people, setting aside emergency supplies and making sure we know a safe place to take our pets in case of an evacuation."
When it’s not safe for you to be in your home, it’s not safe for your pets either. Make an evacuation plan that includes you, your loved ones and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not accept animals, so plan ahead as to where you would take your pet. And, when you pack your disaster kit, assemble one for your pet too. Details about what to include are available here.
CREATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN FOR YOUR PET
Include your pets in your disaster plan. Here are five things to consider:
ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR PET Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers so that they can be carried easily.
DOWNLOAD THE APP Pet owners can download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for veterinary advice for everyday pet emergencies at their fingertips. The free app features videos, quizzes and step-by-step advice on pet first aid and includes emergency preparedness information. Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.