Did you know that May 8th has been designated National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day? With the assistance of AVMA and several other organizations, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a brochure on pet preparedness (PDF file). The agency also has a Web site for kids on preparing pets. While pets hold a special place in people's hearts, unfortunately they often don't hold a place in our disaster preparedness plans. The day is designed for encouraging members of your community to consider their pets when preparing for the approaching hurricane, tornado, and wildfire seasons and other disasters. Veterinarians and kennels are encouraged to share with pet owners tips on disaster preparedness. Additionally, consider partnering with a local pet store to hold an event offering "pet disaster kit shopping lists" and giveaways such as I.D tags.
The AVMA offers an array of disaster preparedness resources including "Saving the Whole Family," a brochure providing clients with information on ways of providing for their pets during an emergency. The brochure and other disaster planning resources are available in the Animal Health section of the AVMA's Web site at www.avma.org.
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