Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September is Disaster Preparedness Month ~ Are You and Your Pets Prepared? Tune in for the ASPCA's Google+ Hangout Hosted by Ginger Zee of "Good Morning America"

Wolf and the FiveSibes ask, "Do you have a plan?"

No one wants to think about something as horrific and scary as a disaster, ranging from fires to floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, lightning storms, explosions, and other accidents that may involve your pets. But we have to ask: Do you have an exit strategy? What if something happens and you cannot get home to your pet, do you have a designated caregiver? Do you have an emergency evacuation plan in place? How about an emergency kit? A list of pet-friendly shelters you and your family can go to? Do you have a water and food supply? Are your pets collars and leashes ready to go? What about if your pet has special needs and medications? While we hope we never have to initiate a Pet Disaster Preparedness Plan or ever use an Emergency Kit, it is such an important subject and one we would like to address in partnership with the ASPCA for September's Disaster Preparedness Month, and all year long.

Gibson checks the flashlight batteries.

“Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.” ~ASPCA.org

In an effort to help promote pet disaster preparedness, the ASPCA is bringing together various disaster experts for a Google+ Hangout “…to talk about how to prepare for disasters with pets.”  This virtual event will take place this Thursday, September 18th at 7pm EST and it will be moderated by "Good Morning America’s" weather anchor Ginger Zee, featuring  experts from ASPCA, FEMA, and USDA, as well as special animal guests who were disaster survivors. And you are invited to come "hangout" for this very important and informative online event! Follow this link to find out more and to RSVP: http://bit.ly/1BpYSrb

Harley and Bandit check the phone contacts.

In the meantime...
  1. Be sure your pet is microchipped and that the information on file with the microchip company and your veterinarian office is up to date.
  2. Get your FREE ASPCA Pet Rescue Alert Window Cling HERE.  
  3. Download the ASPCA mobile app HERE  to: 
  • Access critical advice on what to do with your pet before, during, and after a major storm—even if there’s no data connectivity.
  • Store and manage your pet’s critical health records.

  • Receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
  • Build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels.
  • Get the latest and most relevant news about pets and animal welfare.

*Source: ASPCA.org

Bandit calls the microchip company to verify correct info.

For more information on how you can be prepared, please visit www.aspca.org/BePrepared and be sure to come "hang out" on Google+ HERE this Thursday, September 18th from 7 to 8 PM EST with the ASPCA and Ginger Zee of "Good Morning America!"
See you there!

*** 9/18 SHOW UPDATE***

In case you missed this "hangout" live, here's the video so you can tune in any time for excellent tips.


Chloe, Wolf, and Harley say, "We've got an Emergency Kit and plan all ready."


  1. Thanks for the great tips! It's wonderful that the ASPCA is doing that chat!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  2. We have a plan and thank you for sharing all that important information
    Lily & Edward

  3. Thank you some really good advice. My pets go where I go and no one is left behind,they are part of our family they go with us

  4. This is great information about critical topics that we don't like to think about! Thanks for raising awareness and resources.