BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Are you ready to quickly evacuate your home with your pets?
NewsChannel 21’s Alec Nolan spoke with Humane Society of Central Oregon’s Community Outreach Manager Lynne Ouchida to learn how to plan ahead and prepare when the time comes. He will have more details tonight on First at Ten on Fox.
In the meantime, HSCO offers these tips:
Plan ahead where you will go. Ask your family and friends outside the area if you can stay with them. Some evacuation shelters do not accept animals. Have a list of pet-friendly motels.
ID tags and microchip implants should have a mobile phone number listed. Network with neighbors so they can remove your pet (s) quickly if you are away from home.
Assemble a pet escape kit in a tote bag or pet crate. Make sure everyone knows where the kit is. Your pet escape kit should include:
Three days of food and water supply (turn and keep cool)
Disposable litter box or gift boxes left flat
Foldable crate or crate and / or cable tie
Additional leash (proof of chewing)
Blanket or sheet for the bed and / or to help an injured or fearful pet
Toys for entertainment and comfort
Copy of veterinary records and telephone number of the veterinarian
· Photographs of the animal (s) and of you and your pet to document ownership.
First aid kit
Secure your pet indoors at the first sign of a disaster or storm. Interior rooms keep animals safe as doors are open to load vehicles. Animals can hide in a difficult place to get them out, be stressed, confused and disoriented.
Horses and Cattle must be able to be quickly transported off the property or arrange for assistance before an emergency occurs. Identify animals with microchip, halter identification, hair shaving, detailed photographs, or other identification methods.
For more information, visit the Wildfire project https://www.projectwildfire.org/pets/