Disaster Planning For Your Furry Kids

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Many people who have already put together a disaster plan and emergency supplies for their families have overlooked planning for their pets. Candy Telford, owner of Candy's Pampered Pets, Inc., a Diamond Certified company, says the number one thing to have on hand is a cage or carrier for your pet. Vets sell cardboard ones for $4 to $5, which can be folded and stored. Many larger carriers can be dismantled so as not to take up space. Animals often panic in a disaster and take off from home. If you contain them, you'll know exactly where they are in case of an emergency.

Other recommendations include getting your animal a microchip ID, adding a cell phone number to collar tags, storing 3 days worth of food and water, and keeping on hand a current photo of your pets, with your name and number on the back, to post in case they're missing.