Michigan State Police Give Guidelines for Pet Emergency Kits

For National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is asking residents to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to round out family readiness.

by The Daily Telegram, Adrian, Mich. / June 5, 2019
AP/John Frando

(TNS) — Do you know how to help prepare for disaster when you have a pet?

In recognition of National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is asking residents to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to help round out family readiness during an emergency or disaster.

"Emergencies and disasters come in many forms and could require you to leave your home for an undetermined amount of time," said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD in a statement. "Remember, if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets, so it's important to include your pets in your readiness plan."

Planning ahead for all members of your household is key, said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland in a statement.

"For many Michiganders, pets are a part of their family, and including them in the household emergency plan helps protect them in the event of a disaster," Wineland said. "Your furry, feathered, finned and scaled family members are depending on you."

To create a pet preparedness kit, ensure the following items are readily available in a safe location:

  • Pet food, water and bowls
  • Pet carrier, leash and collar
  • Photo of your pet or identification and a photo of you with your pet
  • Immunization, veterinary records and pet medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, and out-of-town friends and family
  • Toys, rope and sanitation bags

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready.

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