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While it isn’t possible to prevent a natural disaster from occurring, you can help provide for your pet by planning ahead and being prepared in the event of an emergency.
No matter where you decide to go should you need to evacuate your home, it is essential that you take your pets with you. Unforeseen circumstances during a disaster can turn a brief evacuation into a much longer stay away from home. Remember: If it's not safe for you to be home, it's not safe for your pets either.
The AmericanRed Cross doesn't allow animals into its facilities for public health and safety reasons. So it's important thatpet owners research safe places to take their pets during an evacuation. Some hotels allow animals, and your veterinarian can provide you with information on preferred kennels or veterinary hospitals with boarding facilities.
To ensure you have all the items necessary to provide proper care for your pets, it can behelpful to pack an evacuation kit in advance. The kit should include enough materials for each of your pets and should be stored in an area that is easily accessible. Consider including:
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