Natural Disaster Preparedness Month

September is Natural Disaster Preparedness Month! 

Natural disasters are hard to predict and difficult to control, but when we have a plan in place, we can manage the chaos much more effectively. Just as you have registered your dog on Finding Rover before he takes himself on a walk, it is important to have a Disaster Kit handy for both you and your pet. 

Creating a Disaster Preparedness Kit for your family can be relatively quick and easy because the majority of supplies can be found around the house. Ready.gov has great resources to help your family get prepared and create a well-rounded kit.

Dog Disaster Preparedness Kit 

  • 1. Water, one gallon of water per dog per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • 2. Food, at least a three-day supply of dry, hard dog food sealed in waterproof container
  • 3. Additional First aid kit (click for more)
  • 4. Dog life jacket for flooding and storm protection 
  • 5. Glow-stick "necklace" around dog's neck to help you and your dogs see in the dark for power outage preparation 
  • 6. Dog booties with hard sole to protect your dogs paws from dangerous debris on the ground from storms, earthquakes, and fire debris 
  • 7. Dog collar and/or harness with identification tags should always be on your dog at all times 

General Disaster Preparedness Kit 

  • 1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • 2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • 3. Manual can opener for food
  • 4. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • 5. Flashlight and extra batteries
  • 6. First aid kit
  • 7. Whistle to signal for help
  • 8. Towels and blankets
  • 9. Cell phone with chargers and/or solar charger
Containers for dog food. Found at local dollar store.

Containers for dog food. Found at local dollar store.

Glow-sticks for identification and seeing during a power outage. (Not to replace a collar) Found at local dollar store.

Glow-sticks for identification and seeing during a power outage. (Not to replace a collar) Found at local dollar store.

Hard-sole booties for paw protection from earthquake, fire, or storm damage. Found at local pet supply store.

Hard-sole booties for paw protection from earthquake, fire, or storm damage. Found at local pet supply store.

Life jacket for flood safety.  Found at local pet supply store.

Life jacket for flood safety.  Found at local pet supply store.

Now that you're thoroughly prepared, take a deep breath! Natural disasters can be scary, but your family can have peace of mind when all your ducks are in a row.

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What else would you add to a Natural Disaster Preparedness Kit? 

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