Recent wildfires in every region of in BC are a wake up call to be prepared to evacuate with our pets. Emergency evacuations can be very stressful if we aren't prepared to go. Having a plan and a kit with 72 hours of essential supplies for your family and your pets can help to make things alot easier in a situation that demands an immediate exit.
At the time of an emergency, you may not have the ability or the time to put together the supplies you need to go for at least 72 hours on your own. Remember, in an emergency situation, power may be out. Cell phone service may be unavailable. Even If stores are able to remain open, their shelves will likely soon be sold out of basic necessities within hours. Don't risk being caught unprepared.
Here's a list of things you can do now to help you and your animals survive a disaster.
- Arrange accomodations with friends or family in another area for your animals and for yourself, in case you need it.
- Plan for transportation of pets livestock. Pets like dogs, cats, or birds can probably travel in your personal vehicle with you, but horses, pigs, goats and chickens will need a trailer.
- Put together an Evac Kit for your family, and your animals. Admitedly, my list is a little less minimalist than most out there but it has everything here is what you should pack into a duffle bag or two:
ID for all pets
Don't forget to include items that will help you to be comfortable, like some nice wine, beer, your favourite tea, etc
After you have left, go to the emergency evacuation centre and register, so they don't come looking for you.