---The latest fires are a stark reminder how the unexpected can occur at any time. If you live in a fire prone area, please be sure to include your pets and other animals in your bug out plans!
Even if you will never
use one otherwise, get and maintain an ongoing relationship with an
appropriate boarding facility... or even two. Local facilities can fill
up quick when the kibble his the fan, so having a "plan bravo" is just
proper sized travel crate, feed, water and a bowl & leash for each
pet should be a mandatory part of every home disaster kit. A good supply
of those plastic grocery bags will also come in handy for quick clean
And most important of all... Discuss and drill your family
disaster plan with your kids. If the kids are old enough, you might
assign them the job of making sure pets have collars with proper tags
and IDs, getting pets into their crates and making sure they will have
ample fresh water. This will not only make your family better prepared,
but a little one assigned to a pet(s) will be focused on the job and
have less time to build fear of the developing situation.
By the way,
have you taken the time to find out if your homeowners / fire /
disaster insurance covers evacuation pet boarding fees?
After all, its better to have a plan (and a back up plan) and never need it, than to suddenly need a plan and not have one.