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Animals affected by 2 MAJOR World Disasters.

Article sent in by Sandra Janoski

There has been some pretty UNREAL world disasters in the
last week.

First in Mynamar ( Burma) a MAJOR cyclone that has left
thousands of people, and probably HUNDREDS of thousands
of animals dead.

Then yesterday in China, a HUGE earthquake, that has left
thousands of people and again probably HUNDREDS of thousands
of animals stranded- with many dead.

The news is ALL focused on the human tragedy and loss-
rightfully so- but on top of this there is the animals:
pets, farm animals and the wildlife ALL affected.

I am grateful to be living somewhere where the chance of
MAJOR disaster is pretty low, and my heart goes out to all
of the people, and the animals affected by these tragedies.

BUT Sandra, you and I can be affected.

Major Disaster Can Happen here.

SO the key is NOT to live a LIFE in fear, but to be prepared
if it ever happens.

So I went to my Membership site, http://www.theonlinevet.com,
and I am sending you a Special Report on Disaster Preparation:

Be Prepared with a Disaster Plan

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a
disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner,
that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their
lives.

Different disasters require different responses. But whether
the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have
to evacuate your home.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most
important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate
them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe
place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost,
or worse. So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may
have to leave your home.

1. Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets

Disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of provincial and
states’ health and safety regulations and other considerations.
Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the
only animals allowed in shelters. It may be difficult, if not
impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a
disaster, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes to
do your research.

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check
policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size,
and species. Ask if “no pet” policies could be waived in an
emergency. Keep a list of “pet friendly” places, including
phone numbers, with other disaster information and supplies.
If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for
reservations.

Ask friends, relatives, or others outside the affected area
whether they could shelter your animals. If you have more
than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together,
but be prepared to house them separately.

Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who
could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone
numbers.

Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or
foster care for pets in a disaster. Animal shelters may be
overburdened caring for the animals they already have as well
as those displaced by a disaster, so this should be your last
resort.

2. Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, you’ll
need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place
and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried
easily (duffle bags, covered trash containers, etc.). Your
pet disaster supplies kit should include:

Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof
container) and a first aid kit.

Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport
pets safely and ensure that your animals can’t escape.

Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.

Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions,
behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian
in case you have to foster or board your pets.

Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

3. Know What To Do As a Disaster Approaches

Often, warnings are issued hours, even days, in advance.
At the first hint of disaster, act to protect your pet.

Call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for
you and your pets.

Check to be sure your pet disaster supplies are ready to
take at a moment’s notice.

Bring all pets into the house so that you won’t have to
search for them if you have to leave in a hurry.

Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and securely
fastened, up-to-date identification. Attach the phone number
and address of your temporary shelter, if you know it, or
of a friend or relative outside the disaster area. You can
buy temporary tags or put adhesive tape on the back of your
pet’s ID tag, adding information with an indelible pen.

You may not be home when the evacuation order comes. Find
out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your
pets and meet you at a prearranged location. This person
should be comfortable with your pets, know where your animals
are likely to be, know where your pet disaster supplies kit
is kept, and have a key to your home. If you use a petsitting
service, they may be available to help, but discuss the
possibility well in advance.

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P.S. Planning and preparation will enable you to evacuate with your
pets quickly and safely. But bear in mind that animals react
differently under stress. Outside your home and in the car,
keep dogs securely leashed. Transport cats in carriers. Don’t
leave animals unattended anywhere they can run off. The most
trustworthy pets may panic, hide, try to escape, or even bite
or scratch. And, when you return home, give your pets time to
settle back into their routines.

It’s too late to wait until it happens… If you haven’t
prepared for this, then spend 1 less hour this week watching
T.V. and get prepared.

P.P.S. You can get access to HUNDREDS of Quality Reports like
these, PLUS access to ME on the Forum, a MONTHLY Teleseminar,
AND a CD or DVD sent to YOU in the Mail Each MONTH.

To get this and EVEN MORE got to:

http://www.theonlinevet.com

It’s Your Pet…Heal Them At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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May 13, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. […] Animals affected by 2 MAJOR World Disasters. […]

    Pingback by Today’s Articles 5/13/08 « Pixie-Bob News Room | May 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. I certainly like your approach to this issue. Only one issue, most people procrastinate.
    What should authorities do with people who have zero plans?
    Gideon

    Comment by Gideon For-mukwai | April 26, 2009 | Reply


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