When preparing for an upcoming storm, such as a hurricane, there are things you can do to prepare to keep yourself and your family safe. However, it is also important to keep your guide or service dog in mind when preparing for an emergency. With the advent of hurricane season, and Hurricane Irene heading up the East Coast this weekend, it is especially important to plan for these events. Two of our graduates put together this short list of tips on ways to keep your dog safe during an emergency.
You can also find information about disaster planning and pets on FEMA’s website: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/animals.shtm.
- Have a “go bag” for your dog in case you need to evacuate. This should include a supply of dog food (enough for several days) stored in a waterproof container, basic first aid supplies, an extra leash and collar, and any medication your dog may need.
- Items for an animal first aid kit include: gauze and first aid tape, hydrogen peroxide, clean disposable gloves, cotton balls, Benadryl, styptic powder (to reduce bleeding of minor cuts), antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, and tweezers. These kits can be homemade, or purchased online and at stores such as Petco.
- Have a copy of your dog’s medical records on hand in the event of an emergency. Keep these records in a secure, waterproof container to keep them safe. Include a list of the medications your dog is taking.
- There are some emergencies that might require you to stay in place to seek refuge. Consider having a few pet relief pads in case it is unsafe to bring your dog outside.
Chapter 7, Addendum 2 of the ADA describes how emergency shelters must be mindful of the ADA when accommodating people with disabilities and their service animals: http://1.usa.gov/pOFDa2.