When the 9/11 disaster became our worst nightmare in the United States, reality set in. Our lives were forever changed and unfortunately our family pets were also affected deeply. Stress became a day to day living environment and the worry of a repeat performance was never far from our thoughts. Due to the nature of our lifestyle, we learned that we must have some method of preparation in case the unthinkable happened.
Families across America developed a game plan including where to go to be safe (if there truly is such a place) and items needed on a daily basis were set aside with great care. Our family pets also need us to be mindful of their future needs in time of disaster and not just the 9/11 kind.
Recently tornadoes became reminders of how quickly our lives can change. It is always a good idea to have a plan of action for our entire family in time of doomsday disasters including our pets who certainly are a part of our family. When setting aside items such as canned goods, blankets, water, paper supplies, can opener, utensils, etc., gather enough pet food, water, bowls, pet meds, along with leashes, toys, litterboxes, cages, to survive from three to five days. That time frame will allow your family to gather their thoughts and review all of the necessary options to survive.
We must not become complacent and think that nothing will ever happen to us or our pets. Reality is placed in front of us everyday and we must be vigilant!