If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire, flood, or tornado depends largely on emergency planning done today. Be prepared and learn how to animal security tips today.

1.When planning for post-disaster recovery, make sure you plan for your animals’ needs for food, water and security, as well as any medications or special needs for two weeks.

2.Create a comprehensive disaster plan to cover what to do before an event, a list of supplies to have on hand (extra fencing, materials and food) and then practice using it.

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3.Keep your pets inside during a storm. If you don’t have indoor kennels, get one for each animal.

4.Kennel-train your animals ahead of time so that they are comfortable and feel safe during an event.

5.If you have large animals or a lot of them, establish a location at least 90 miles away where they can be evacuated to and cared for after an event.

6.Maintain your animals’ routine for feeding and exercise before and after the event so they can regain their balance and habits quickly.

7.Arrange for refrigerated food storage to help keep any essential dietary items from spoiling.

8.Communications is vital. Find local radio operators (Ham operators) who can provide radio communications with those outside the impact area.

9.Have an electrician or company prepared to assess, repair and replace damaged electrical service and switchgear. This needs to be done before emergency power or a utility can power you home, business or facility.

10.Animals reflect fear and panic. If you are calm, they will stay calm.

This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Summer 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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