- With COVID-19 sweeping the nation and wildfires burning along the West Coast, now is a particularly good time to make sure you have an emergency kit ready to go for yourself and your pet.
- You can opt for an already put together kit like the Pet Evac Pak Emergency Survival Kit, or build your own.
This year has already brought a global pandemic, unprecedented wildfires burning along the West Coast, and a record-breaking hurricane season. With so much uncertainty in the world, now is a particularly good time to make sure you’re prepared for a potential emergency. And if you’re a pet owner, you not only need to make sure you have an emergency kit ready for yourself, but for your four-legged family members too.
The US Department of Homeland Security’s website, Ready.gov, and the ASPCA’s website offer excellent information for humans and animals preparing to ride-out weather events or evacuate during disasters, so be sure to start there.
I happen to live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes and tornados. Having been through several near misses, I now make sure that my family, including my pets, is always prepared. I keep a running list of what is included in each bag and I check every six months for supplies and to update any documents. The bags are stored near an exit close to my purse and keys.
Through years of refining my emergency storm preparation, I’ve searched out the best supplies for a pet go-bag. Of course, these recommendations can be tweaked to fit the specific needs of your pet or environment.
Here are the best products for your pet emergency kit:
Updated 10/7/20. We updated prices, links, formatting, and added a selection of relevant guides.