Monadnock Humane Society is currently in the process of creating disaster plans for both our shelter and our community. MHS is designated as a pet-friendly shelter by the American Red Cross, NH West Chapter http://www.newhampshirewest.redcross.org in the event of an emergency. It is our goal to work closely with local fire departments, police departments, emergency services and DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) Teams. Please visit the NH DART Team website for more info http://www.newhampshiredart.org
It is important that you create an emergency plan for both your family and your animals. The needs of your pets are similar to that of humans and therefore they need to have their own emergency supply kit. The Department of Homeland Security has instituted The Ready Campaign to help people prepare, plan and stay informed during emergencies http://www.ready.gov . In addition to family plans and kits, they have also put together a check list for a Pet Emergency Supply Kit:
Kit of pet emergency supplies:
Just as you do with your family's emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water.
- Food: Keep at least three days' worth of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.
- Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet's emergency supply kit.
- Important documents: Place copies of your pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit.
- Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so.
- Sanitation: Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet's sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners.
- A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
- Familiar items: Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.