Throughout recorded history, countless pets and animals have been lost to the unfathomable forces that are natural disasters. From hurricanes savaging the South to cyclones trawling Tornado Alley, the best we can hope for today is to keep our precious pets safe with us. That’s where National Pet Preparedness Month comes in. So, mark every June on your calendar for a rethinking and overhaul of your family’s emergency plan.
About National Pet Preparedness Month
How did this safety-focused holiday month come about? In 2003, the US government founded a program simply called Ready to raise awareness about how to protect your pets when the unthinkable happens and your home is in the path of a natural disaster. They partnered with the Red Cross, ASPCA, the Humane Society, and even beer company Anheuser-Busch with the goal of spreading as much awareness as possible so people can make the most educated decisions on how to best protect their pets. National Pet Preparedness Month sprung out of this powerful alliance, and we still celebrate it every June.
According to an ASPCA survey from 20211, 83% of pet owners live in an area affected by natural disasters, but less than half have an emergency plan in place! The same survey found that one in five families had been forced to evacuate during a disaster and almost half left a pet behind in the chaos. With estimates stating evacuees didn’t return home for days to 2 weeks, the outcome for the pets left behind is grim.
That’s why National Preparedness Month is so vital for all pet parents out there. Even if you think you won’t be affected by a disaster, it never hurts to be prepared and could save lives. Let’s dig into some ways you can celebrate this month every June as well as invaluable tips on updating your family’s emergency kit with your favorite four-legged pet in mind.
How to Celebrate National Pet Preparedness Month
It’s not the most fun-filled occasion, but we really can’t emphasize the importance of National Pet Preparedness Month enough. Considering those stats above, it makes it even more important that you celebrate this month wisely by raising awareness among pet parents who may not be as prepared as you are.
Ways to Celebrate National Pet Preparedness Month:
Take the Chance to Update Your Pet Emergency Plan (Or Make One!)
Many people rarely think about their emergency plan until it’s too late—don’t be one of those people. If you have an emergency plan but haven’t updated it since you’ve adopted a pet, we urge you to do so in the spirit of National Pet Preparedness Month. Remember that the best way to protect your pet is through proactive preparedness! Let’s review what you should pack in your emergency kit and the essential rules you should be aware of as a pet owner facing potential disaster.
What to Include in Your Pet Emergency Plan:
The unthinkable has happened and your home is in the path of a deadly hurricane or tornado—what do you do? You have your emergency plan, kit, and family ready to go, but you may still be a little lost on the finer points of how to calmly guide your loved ones to safety together. To help in this vein, we’ve put together some invaluable tips that might just help the next time you need to evacuate with your pet.
Essential Pet Owner Disaster-Related Tips:
Every June is National Pet Preparedness Month, dedicated to helping pet owners like you protect their pets by raising awareness about disaster preparedness. Take some time this June to review your emergency plan, refresh your supplies, and help others keep their pets safe through the most trying times nature has to throw at us.
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