Keep Your Pets Safe In An Emergency Situation


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You may have an emergency plan in place for your family, but have you included your pets? Here are some tips for keeping your furry family members safe in case you need to evacuate your home during an emergency or you lose power.

ASSEMBLE A PET CRISIS KIT. Round up all of the things you’d need for your pet(s) in case of an emergency and place them in a large duffle bag or sturdy container/tub that’s labeled and ready at a moment’s notice. Some items to include are: disposable litter trays and kitty litter (even aluminum roasting pans work well as litter boxes), enough dry food or “pop-top” wet food and bottled water for 3-7 days, at least one weeks’ worth of your pet’s medicine, a pet first-aid kit, cat/dog beds, blankets, extra collars/harnesses/leashes, bowls, pet carriers and favorite toys. Make sure to include vaccination records and other important details specific to your pet’s health in your pet crisis kit, too.

LOCATE A PET-FRIENDLY SAFE PLACE TO STAY IN CASE YOU’RE FORCED TO EVACUATE. Since not all Red Cross disaster shelters or hotels accept pets, it’s important to have a pre-determined safe haven for your entire family. Identify hotels in and outside of your immediate area that welcome pets and keep the list in your pet crisis kit. Check http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net or www.tripswithpets.com. Consider asking friends or relatives outside of your area if they’d be willing take in your pets temporarily.

IT’S ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO PLACE A “PET RESCUE ALERT STICKER” ON YOUR FRONT DOOR OR WINDOW PANE NOW. Order a free sticker at www.aspca.org/form/free-pet-safety-pack or www.gopetplan.com/firesafety/. If you would have to leave your home (and you have the time), write the word “evacuated” in permanent marker across the sticker to alert rescue workers. Also, make sure your dog or cat is wearing a collar that lists your cell phonenumber in case you would get separated.

IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO EVACUATE, TAKE PRECAUTIONS. Designate a room in your house as your “safe place” where your family (pets, too) can go in case you decide to wait it out. Keep your pet crisis kit in this area so you’re as prepared as possible.

LET US BE PART OF YOUR CRISIS PLAN, TOO. We partner with Petplan® Pet insurance to help you pay those unexpected veterinary bills when your furry friend has an accident or gets sick.* With Petplan,® you can follow your veterinarian’s treatment plan, knowing that your pet health insurance will help provide you with financial peace of mind. For a free quote, visit www.GoPetplan.com. Questions may be directed to (866) 467-3875.

For information about personal insurance, call Members 1st Insurance Services at (800) 283-2328, ext. 5218 or 5245. Insurance services is avaiable to Pennsylvania residents only. We have several insurance carriers who extend additional group discounts to our valued members. Call us for details.

*Terms and conditions apply. For full details, visit www.GoPetplan.com. Coverage under any pet insurance policy is expressly subject to the conditions, restrictions, limitations, exclusions and terms of the policy documentation issued by the insurer. Availability of this program is subject to each state’s approval and coverage may vary by state. Pet insurance policies are issued by AGCS Marine Insurance Company and administered by Fetch Insurance Services, LLC (Fetch Insurance Agency LLC in Michigan) d/b/a Petplan (Petplan Insurance Agency, LLC in California).

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