National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

Published On: May 08 2014 06:30:01 PM CDT   Updated On: May 08 2014 06:34:37 PM CDT

As severe weather season continues, it's important to have a plan in place for your pets.

Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals encourages you to put together a kit to allow you to move your pet quickly in case of a severe storm event.

"Make sure you have a collar with an update tag," Kelly Martin with the Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital says. "Even better, if you can get your pet microchipped and make sure that microchip's information is up to date with your current address and your current phone number."

A kit should also include your pets medical records, and any special food or prescriptions. There are also important steps you should take just in case your pet gets lost in a disaster.

"That way, goodness forbid, you're separated from your pet, they can be relocated to you," Martin says.

They say to also remember to keep your pets vaccinated to protect them against disease.

ASPCA Says the top five things to prepare are:

  • Have a plan
  • Build a kit
  • Stay informed
  • Know your neighbors
  • Vaccinate and microchip

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