In the past seven years, over 85 tornadoes have occurred in Iowa in the month of May. If you’re a pet owner living in Iowa, it’s important to be prepared for natural disasters that could occur in your area, such as summer storms and tornadoes.

These types of disasters can be frightening for both you and your pet, so it’s important to have a plan in place to keep your furry friend safe. One way to prepare for a disaster is to create a pet disaster kit.

Here’s what you need to know about preparing a pet disaster kit:

  1. Start with a sturdy and waterproof container.

The first step in creating a pet disaster kit is to choose a sturdy, waterproof container to store your supplies in. This could be a large plastic bin or a duffel bag. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough to hold all of your pet’s essentials.

  1. Make sure your pet’s identification is up-to-date.

In case your pet becomes lost during a disaster, it’s important to make sure their identification is up-to-date. This means making sure their collar has their name and your phone number on it, as well as having an up-to-date microchip with your current contact information.

  1. Include enough food and water for at least three days.

Your pet will need enough food and water to last them for at least three days in case you’re unable to get to a store or your home is without power. Pack dry food in an airtight container and include a can opener if your pet eats wet food. Make sure to rotate this food out every few months so it doesn’t expire.

  1. Pack medications and medical records.

If your pet takes medication, be sure to pack enough for at least three days. You should also include a copy of their medical records in case they need to see a veterinarian during or after the disaster.

  1. Bring a first-aid kit.

You never know what kind of injuries your pet could sustain during a disaster. Pack a first-aid kit with essentials such as bandages, gauze, scissors, tweezers, and antiseptic wipes.

  1. Include comfort items.

Disasters can be stressful for pets, so it’s important to include items that will help keep them calm. This could include their favorite toy, a blanket, or a familiar-scented item such as a shirt or pillowcase.

  1. Pack a leash and carrier.

In case you need to evacuate, you’ll need a leash and carrier to transport your pet safely. Make sure the carrier is large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in, and label it with your pet’s name, your name, and your contact information.

  1. Bring waste disposal supplies.

Your pet will still need to go to the bathroom, even during a disaster. Be sure to pack waste disposal supplies such as plastic bags, litter boxes, and litter.

  1. Include important phone numbers.

Make sure you have a list of important phone numbers, including your veterinarian’s office, an emergency veterinarian, and any pet-friendly shelters in your area.

  1. Keep your pet’s kit in a designated place.

Once you’ve put together your pet disaster kit, make sure to keep it in a designated place that’s easily accessible in case of an emergency. This could be in a closet near your front door or in your car.

Preparing for a disaster is never easy, but having a pet disaster kit can help give you peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared to keep your furry friend safe. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a kit that will help you and your pet get through any natural disaster that comes your way.

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