Emergency Preparedness Week: Don’t Forget Your Pets!

We’re doing an Emergency Preparedness Week mini series featuring tips and information on preparing your family to survive an emergency situation for 72 hours. The City of Vaughan will be marking Emergency Preparedness Week from May 4 to 10. For more information, visit www.vaughan.ca/PrepE.

The City is committed to encouraging residents to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need.

Here is the fourth post in the series:

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Don’t Forget Your Pets

Don’t forget about your furry family member in the event of an emergency. It is important to have a plan and emergency kit for your pets as well. Bring your pets with you to the emergency shelter when you evacuate. If your pet is left behind, alert Animal Services staff and they will make arrangements to retrieve them.

Create an emergency kit for your pet as well. Items to include:

  • Food and water for 72 hours
  • Blanket or towel
  • Leash, muzzle, harness
  • Pet carrier
  • Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scoop
  • Medical records (vaccination)
  • Identification tag/microchip
  • Toys
  • Current photo

As part of the PrepE Emergency Preparedness Campaign, the City has a series of videos that are designed to inform residents about the importance of being equipped for emergency situations. The videos can be viewed at youtube.com/thecityofvaughan.

For more information, visit http://www.getprepared.ca/ or www.vaughan.ca/PrepE.

Sharon Walker
Manager of Emergency Planning
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service

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