The Harvey and Irma Hurricanes are yet another good reminder to have an emergency plan in place. Even though we are in California and don’t get hurricanes, we still have to contend with earthquakes and fires that can suddenly impact our lives without notice. For the most part the National Weather Service is able to predict when a hurricane will hit land, but predicting earthquakes and fires is nearly impossible.
It has been hard to watch the news, and read the online news reports of the number of stray animals that have been found after the Harvey and Irma Hurricanes. It is hard to say whether or not an emergency plan would have prevented some of the lost animals from going missing, but it should be a good enough reason for pet owners to have one in place. That is a part of being a pet parent because our pets are not able to fend for themselves long term.
If you do not have a plan in place, the ASPCA has a great article to help get you started: https://www.aspca.org/news/disaster-preparedness-month-take-three-actions-protect-your-pets