COUNCIL BLUFFS — Among the important considerations in preparing for an evacuation is your pet. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you devise your plan:
» Where will you go? Many shelters, hotels and motels do not allow pets. Find out if your planned destination allows pets. Ask family or friends if your pets could stay with them. Check with local veterinarians and commercial boarding facilities for vacancies and their requirements for admittance. It is likely that your pet will need to be current on vaccinations.
» What will your pet need? Food, water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, can opener and food dishes are some of the necessities.
» Is your pet properly identified? Make sure pets are wearing collars with identification, license and rabies tags. Consider microchipping your pet. This permanent form of identification is available from local veterinarians and/or animal shelters. Make sure you have a current photograph of your pet with you, just in case you are separated.
» Are you able to safely transport your pet? Have a secure carrier, as well as leashes, harnesses and muzzles available.
» If you do have to leave your home, place a sign on the inside, upper portion of a window on or near the front door indicating that your pets have been removed.
A number of websites offer additional helpful suggestions, including www.fema.gov and www.EvacuateMyPet.com.