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June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and we are reminded to review our family’s emergency plans and ensure we’ve incorporated a plan for our pets as well.
Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere and can take many different forms, from barn fires or flooding caused by violent storms to earthquakes or gas line explosions. And natural disasters vary from hurricanes and blizzards to flooding and wildfires. Regardless of your location, man-made disasters or emergency situations such as plane crashes, train derailments, chemical spills and widespread power outages could occur and prevent you from reaching your pets or force you to quickly evacuate.
All pet owners should create a pet-friendly family emergency plan, and it’s essential that pet-care professionals, such as pet sitters and dog walkers, have disaster plans for their pet-care businesses in place as well.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019
LANSING, MICH. In honor of National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or disaster.
“Emergencies and disasters come in many forms and could require you to leave your home for an undetermined amount of time,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets, so it’s important to include your pets in your readiness plan.”
“Planning ahead for all members of your household is key,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland, DVM.
“For many Michiganders, pets are a part of their family, and including them in the household emergency plan helps protect them in the event of a disaster. Your furry, feathered, finned and scaled family members are depending on you.”
To create a pet preparedness kit, ensure the following items are readily available in a safe location:
To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, follow the
MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or visit www.michigan.gov/miready.
The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dale R. George, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-284-3962
Additional resources: visit the Helping Pet's section of FEMA’s website, which offers a wealth of information to help incorporate your pets into your disaster planning.