We are currently seeing how powerful and scary Mother Nature is, so we must remember to have a plan for our furry family members. Living in the Coachella Valley we are all aware of the chance an earthquake can hit at any time. Being prepared can make the difference between life and death. We must be ready. Here is a list to help make you and your animals safer:

Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This lets people know there are animals in your home. Make sure it visible for rescue workers.

Arrange a Safe Haven

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Get a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities. Check with local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets. Research hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets. Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Choose a “Designated Caregiver”

This should be a trusted person who is home while you are at work. You can swap keys with a neighbor that also has animals.

Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

You should always plan for the worst case scenario. Your dogs and cats should always have ID tags. Microchipping your pet is a more permanent form of ID. Store an emergency kit and leashes near an exit.

Keep the ASPCA On-Hand at All Times

The ASPCA mobile app is free and can give you tips in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records and provides information.

For more information please visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness