Thursday, May 12, 2016

Include Pets In Family Disaster Preparedness Plans #PetPrepared

Including pets in the family Disaster Preparedness Plan is essential! 

Disaster can strike at a moment's notice.  Hurricanes, floods, mud slides, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornadoes are all events that can seriously impact families and their pets.



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Hill's Disaster Relief Network® provides emergency pet food to animal shelters. Photo Credit: Hill's Pet Nutrition
Pets can easily get separated from their owners during the chaos of a disaster.  Many emergency shelters do not accept pets, forcing owners to leave pets behind or bring them to an animal shelter.  Investigate which hotels in the region are pet friendly and keep a list of several in case you are unable to bring pets to an emergency shelter.  

During disasters so many animals need to be rescued, transported, and sheltered.   Sadly, a large number of these pets may never be reunited with their families and will eventually be put up for adoption.



This post is sponsored by Hill’s Food, Shelter, & Love® Initiative and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Promote National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, but Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Animal shelters can quickly become overwhelmed with the amount of pets they take in during a disaster.   That's why the Hill's Disaster Relief Network, an extension of the Hill's Food, Shelter & Love® program, was created.  They are able to respond quickly with delivery of pet food to communities impacted by disaster.  This helps ensure shelters have enough food to care for the many animals impacted by the disaster.  It also ensures that shelter animals will continue to receive healthy, balanced nutrition until they can be reunited with their families.


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In the last 4 years alone, the Hill's Disaster Relief Network has delivered free pet food to more than 60 1,000 (as of May, 2017) different shelters and veterinary clinics across the U. S.  They have  responded to shelters impacted by floods in Colorado, fires in Idaho and Arizona, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the mudslide in Washington and tornadoes in several areas across the country.

FEMA, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, has designated May 14h as NATIONAL ANIMAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DAY. 



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Emergency alerts can happen FAST, giving you little time to prepare!

It's important to have a PET EMERGENCY GO-KIT of pet supplies ready to go in the event of an emergency.  In recognition of FEMA's National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Hill's Food, Shelter, & Love is sharing this valuable Info-Graphic with tips to help you keep your pet safe in an emergency; You can Download in PDF format Here.


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We are ready for an emergency with our PET EMERGENCY GO KIT for Icy and Phoebe:


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It's GO TIME!  We are prepared for an Evacuation.
Here are the items in our PET EMERGENCY GO KIT:



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Essential items in our Pet Emergency Go Kit.  We always have these items on hand in case of emergency.

Both Icy and Phoebe are microchipped and always wear their collars and ID tags.  Collars can easily get lost or break off, especially in the midst of the chaos of a disaster so a microchip is an additional vital safety measure.  Any shelter or Veterinarian should be able to scan for a microchip.  We make sure to keep the information updated on their microchips and ID tags.

Are your pets included in the family's disaster preparedness plan?  Leave us a comment and tell us how you include your pets in the family disaster preparedness plan.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

51 comments:

  1. This is a terrific post! It is so important that we all have an emergency bag to grab in case we have to evacuate. We owe it to our pets and ourselves. I love that photo of Phoebe so much! ♥ ♥

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    1. Thanks MK! It seems I'm late in responding to comments, but I was sure I had responded. I'm thinking they got deleted! It really is important to have a kit ready to go, you just never know. Thanks for the complement on Phoebe's photo, I think she looks super cute!

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  2. I have to create a new "emergency go bag" its a bit tricky here in CA and especially we always travel. So cute Phoebe's photo. Golden Woofs

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    1. Oh wow, in Cali you guys really need to be prepared! Between wildfires and storms anything can happen. Keep my darling Sugar safe!

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  3. Very important topic, especially at this time of year.

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    1. Oh yes, all the way through October it will be storm season. It feels like wildfire and flood season never ends!

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  4. Very important... great information!

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    1. Thanks Nichole! Sorry for such a late response, not sure how I got so far behind!

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  5. This is very important info for people to know and also act on! It's so sad to think of all the pets lost or separated during disasters.

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    1. Until I learned just how many pets get separated from their owners during a disaster I didn't realize how critical it is to be prepared. I have an emergency go kit for my dogs now.

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  6. I need to re-stock the food in Mr. N's emergency kit. We used it for travel and he's almost out!

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    1. I sometimes use the food in our emergency go kits during travel too, then we swap it out so it doesn't expire.

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  7. Love this! It is so very important to be prepared. Waiting to the last minute just will not work for our 4-legged family members - or for ourselves for that matter!

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    1. Oh that's for sure! If you wait until the last minute it will be chaos and add to the stress for yourself and your pets.

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  8. Excellent tips! I ha e shared on Twitter as well!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Jeanne, I really appreciate that. I'm glad you found these tips useful!

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  9. After being completely unprepared during a particularly tough fire season a few years back, I now try to keep disaster kits in the car and in the house and check the contents every spring and every fall. Thanks for the reminder that it's time for a spring kit inventory check!

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    1. Oh wow, that must have been so scary! I've been fortunate not to have been in the throws of a disaster, but I've come close a couple of times and it scared me into action. I love that you have kits in the car and the house and that you have a routine of checking the contents every Spring & Fall! Thank you for sharing that tip.

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  10. Great tips and we are ready with bag next to door

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    1. Good idea to keep a bag right by the door!

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  11. That is my favorite photo of Phoebe, it is perfect! It is so important to have your supplies ready ahead of time because in the case of an emergency evacuation, there isn't time to run around and grab everything. I really appreciate Hills and other companies who help others in times of need!

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    1. Aww thanks, isn't it the cutest! She's such a good model, always. So true about not having time if you run around last minute like a chicken without a head! I so admire Hills for all they are doing to help pets during disaster, shelters need help more than ever during and following disasters.

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  12. Great post. We definitely need to put an emergency kit together because we have a lot of natural weather disasters in our state.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Yes, you must have a kit ready to protect sweet Truffle and Brulee, I wouldn't want anything bad to happen to them, ever!

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  13. I think that I'm pretty prepared in case disaster strikes. I have enough carriers/kennels for all 5 of my animals, plus an extra just in case. I keep multiple first aid kits and I have all of my animal's vet records in one spot. Hopefully I never have to take advantage of my preparedness.

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    1. 5 pets is a lot to care for during a disaster, much more than the average pet parent! I'm glad you're so well prepared to keep your babies safe in the event of a disaster.

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  14. Great reminder and tips. I need to be more prepared just in case.

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    1. Thanks! It really is critical to be prepared, there's more to think about than we realize. When a disaster strikes is so not the time to first become prepared!

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  15. Your emergency kit looks great! Mine is a bit of a mess, but we are working on it. It is really great of Hill's to have pet owners' backs in case of an emergency. Things happen so quickly sometimes that even the greatest preparation doesn't cover everything.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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    1. Thanks Robin, I really took it to heart. It's so important to have one ready to go, a disaster can happen super fast. It is great of Hills to help pets and shelters whenever there's an emergency need, which seems like every day lately!

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  16. I really like these infographics that Hill's put together. It's so valuable!

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    1. Me too! It's so helpful, a great thing to tack on the fridge as a reminder all year round.

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  17. Great post! We should always know how to protect our pets in the case of an emergency!

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    1. Yes, so important to include pets in our emergency plans, and never let them get left behind!

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  18. This dog mom has evacuated twice for weather crises. What a scary feeling. And I am grateful I had things ready to go. Great post, Cathy.

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    1. Thanks Carol, I'm so glad you like the post! I can't believe you've had to evacuate twice, I can't even imagine. You must be well prepared for anything by now!

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  19. Excellent reminder with great tips! So important to be prepared! Love the Evacuate photo! Sharing!

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    1. Agreed! Thanks so much for sharing, much appreciated.

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  20. Great tips and very important for people to know!

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  21. I never thought we would be part of a Natural Disaster...but never say never. Always think of someone you can ask to take care of your pet, too, if disaster strikes you.

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  22. I keep a carrier in the car and we have an emergency bag for Mr. N. I worry about if the earthquake hits and we're not at home.

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  23. Phoebe looks prepared (and so ADORABLE) in her rain jacket! Such great tips. We do have an emergency kit, but my biggest fear is something happening while we are at work. We both work about 35-40 minutes away from our home. Scary to think about being that far away if something happened.

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  24. Some kind of kit in the car sounds like a good idea. (It's already a storage unit). Or at least I should have something at home. Right now I only have a first aid kit from Kurgo.

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  25. Being prepared for an emergency is so important! I need to put together a kit! Thanks for the reminder

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  26. It's reassuring to learn of such organizations that look after those in need. Being separated from a pet would be heartbreaking. Great information and checklist.

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  27. After our recent tree on the roof of our house emergency, it makes me think more closely about having a go bag ready at all times...just in case!! Great post!

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  28. Not technically a disaster, but our city shelter got overrun with dogs picked up as strays after July 4. :( Not sure how many made it back home.

    So important to have a plan in case of a disaster. We don't have too much extreme weather, thank goodness, but I really need to get on this in case something happens. We have a lot of pets.

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  29. I have a carrier for each of my cats ready in the garage. I don't have a go bag but I have a list so I can grab things quickly. I know first-hand how important this is after being evacuated for four days last year for the Butte Fire.

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  30. Great tips, I don't have any of this stuff ready, I better get on it!

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