BE PREPARED WHEN DISASTER STIKES
After a terrible fire season here in Northern California we realize that we all have to be prepared to quickly evacuate with our pets. So the team here at COAST+RANGE compiled some tips and a checklist for pet parents in the unfortunate event you ever have to evacuate with your pet.
One of the most important tips we can offer is to call ahead to your designated shelter and ensure they are pet-friendly. While the Red Cross does amazing work to help people in need, they do not allow companion animals in their shelters (only service animals). Bringfido.com is a great resource to find pet-friendly shelters and long-term accommodations in the event you are displaced by a disaster. Be sure to pack a small bag with food, water, and a blanket for your pet and keep it with your emergency supplies.
Food and water can often be in short supply after a disaster, so ensure you include your pet when making your emergency plans. Here in Northern California, we are encouraged to have enough food and water to survive two weeks without electricity and running water.
Also, ensure that your pet's collar has an ID tag with your current address and contact information. In our mobile society, it is easy to forget to update an ID tag with a new mobile number or address. And don't forget to include your mobile number on your ID tag, as mobile service is often restored in disaster areas before landlines. Lastly, don't forget that evacuation is stressful for humans AND pets.
Bring some treats and a favorite blanket or toy to help your pet deal with the stress of evacuation and being in an unfamiliar place.
Our thoughts are with the residents of the Carolinas as they prepare for Hurricane Florence. We hope they, and their pets, are able to evacuate safely and stay out of harm's way.
For the CARE+LOVE of dogs,
DAVE KNOEPFLE FOUNDER+CEO
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