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When preparing for emergencies, don't forget a care plan for your pets

Contact: Jennifer Bowen

(334) 269-3550

6/18/2019

Pets are members of the family. And in case an emergency like a flood happens, it’s important to know ahead of time how you plan to evacuate and care for them. 

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recommends that pet owners prepare now and make sure they have a safe place to take their furry friends in case of emergency.

"It's a tragedy we've seen too many times: pets stuck in shelters, or worse, because their owners had no place to take them, or homeowners who feel trapped in a dangerous home because they don't know where to take their pets," said Eric Cioppa, NAIC President. "We want folks to remember that there are places you can take your pet, and that it's important to plan ahead and be ready for the worst."

During recent floods in the Midwest,
Reuters reported that hundreds of pets were lost or imperiled by floodwaters. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an estimated 15,000 animals had to be rescued, according to CNN.

With hurricane season officially underway June 1, the NAIC offers some essential advice:
  • Keep an emergency kit for your pet. Include food, necessary medications, vet records and an identification tag.
  • Have a carry-crate ready to go. Make sure no matter where you go, Fido has convenient transport and/or a safe retreat. Have a separate crate or carrier for each pet.
  • Know where to evacuate. Many shelters won't accept pets. Keep a list of pet-friendly hotels or facilities that provide pet boarding, and make sure you can meet any requirements (like providing vet records).
  • Have bottled water on hand: Flood waters aren't safe to drink, even for animals. Store a gallon of fresh water for each pet.
  • Keep your flood insurance policy in a safe place: A flood insurance policy can ensure your pets have a safe place to come home to. Flood insurance policies are available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and on the private market.
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