Plan Ahead for National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 8

Contact: 

Eva Stokas

TVMA Marketing/Media Specialist

8104 Exchange Drive

Austin, Texas 78754

Email: estokas@tvma.org

Phone: 512/452-4224

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Austin, TX - May 8, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Citizen Corps has declared May 8 as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

 

The declaration aims to stress the importance of planning for how to protect your pets in case a disaster strikes. With hurricane season coming up, you are probably reviewing your family’s disaster plan, but you should also include be planning for what to do with your furry family members in case of a disaster.

 

Many disaster shelters do not accept pets, so find one that does ahead of time or to find an alternative safe haven for your pets. Consider making arrangements for boarding in case of home destruction. In addition to dogs and cats, it is crucial to plan ahead and make sure farm animals and livestock are also accounted for.

 

Youc an also prepare a small box in case of a disaster. In this box, you should always have at least three days worth of emergency food. Make sure all canned foods have a pop-top This emergency box also should include an extra leash and collar, food bowls and a carrying case, if your pet’s size permits. If your pet takes daily medicines, it is also necessary that you have an extra supply in case of emergency.

 

Making sure your pet is properly identified is also imperative. If your pet does happen to get lost during an evacuation or a disaster, you will have a much better chance of finding them if they are microchipped and tagged.

 

About The Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) is a professional association composed of more than 3,700 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit tvma.org.