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Prepare Your Pets for a Disaster
By: Christina Catlett, M.D., Associate Director of CEPAR and Director of the Johns Hopkins Go Team
Do you have fur babies or other pets? Have you ever thought about what you would do with them during a major disaster, such as a hurricane, flood or tornado?
As a disaster response expert, I spent many weeks in the field last year with Maryland’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MD-1 DMAT) and the Johns Hopkins Go Team responding to the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. We provided medical care to people who had lost everything—their house, their possessions and even their livelihoods. But what struck me was the number of victims who grieved the most for the loss of their beloved pets who had been left behind after a storm. As the proud mom of two rescue dogs, this made me think twice about my own level of preparedness.
During a major disaster, you may be asked or forced to evacuate on short notice. Hopefully you have already prepared supplies for you and/or your family. You also need to have supplies ready to go for your four-legged or feathered friends, such as:
Some other items to consider: