Pets are considered family members too and should be included when preparing for an emergency. September is National Preparedness Month. Now is the time to learn some tips for keeping your pet safe. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Stock at least a 1-week supply of food and fresh water for your pet, as well as a 1-week supply of medication, if your pet takes medication.
- Include copies of your pet’s vaccination records and other medical records in your pet preparedness kit. Include information about your pet’s insurance policy, if you have one.
- Include photos of your pet to help others identify them in case you and your pet become separated.
For more information on keeping your pets safe before, during, and after an emergency, visit Protecting Your Pets in an Emergency on DHEC’s website.