As more of our readers address the level of disaster preparedness in their organizations and more importantly regarding their personal preparedness status, we continue to look for and find sources of information which will be related to and hopefully capable of mitigating related risk to those concerns.  

A product of that search recently led us to topic of preparing your pets for disaster. 

With September being National Preparedness Month, and if you haven’t already done so, we propose that it might be appropriate for each of us to think about our pets and what we may want to plan for or do for our pets in time of danger.

Did you know an estimated 20 percent of disaster evacuation failure is attributed to people unwilling to leave their pets?   

Or, did you know that animals left behind in disasters can become a risk for emergency responders, and be at risk themselves for health complications or getting lost, injured or killed.

It is very important to have a disaster preparedness plan for your pet or pets,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. “When it comes to our companion animals in time of disaster, we go into protection mode with our decisions. Being ready increases the likelihood of survival for all involved. Save on difficulty, stress and worry – be prepared.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Kennel Club, American Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society of the United States have all collaborated in developing pet preparedness guidelines. 

If applicable, we suggest that our readers read the entire FEMA posting entitled, “Preparing Your Pets For Disaster” and review the included pet preparedness guidelines.  CLICK HERE.

If this information applies to your personal preparedness situation, or to the personal continuity aspect of the business continuity plan, or the private sector preparedness (PS-Prep) activities  for your organization, please pass this along to the appropriate risk management and PS-Prep team leaders in that organization.

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