September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Are you prepared for an emergency? Read our top three tips to ensure you and your pet are emergency ready.
The recent news coverage of wildfires and hurricanes serve as a reminder that when it comes to an emergency, preparedness is key.
In fact, it was just five years ago when Northern Colorado communities were devastated by the September 2013 flood disaster. Thanks to your support, Larimer Humane Society was standing by to help then, and continues to do so now, as Larimer County's primary emergency response agency for companion animals.
We've been busy working to enhance emergency response efforts by creating new processes in the new shelter, collaborating with Larimer County's Office of Emergency Management, and hiring a new full-time Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator.
As September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, our experts have shared three things you can do today to prepare yourself and your pets for a disaster tomorrow.
#1 Prepare Supplies: Pack a 72-hour kit, one for each human and one for each pet to ensure your whole family has access to food, water, first aid, sanitation, and other supplies in an emergency.
#2 Plan for Shelter & Care: Have a plan ready for where you can stay if you are displaced from your home. If your pet is not able to stay with you. Now is the time to generate a list of alternate resources to guarantee their care and safety. If no other options are available, Larimer Humane Society can provide temporary sheltering and care for evacuated animals.
#3 Educate Yourself: The time to plan for an emergency is before it happens. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on emergency preparedness. FEMA provides a number of great tips, and of course, we are here to answer your questions.