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Monday, June 6, 2016

Include the whole family when building an emergency supplies kit

Two members of my family love to swim, especially this time of year. Given the chance, they would swim every day, for as long as I would let them. They both love to jump into the pool, making big splashes. One of them is my five-year old daughter. The other one is my two-year old dog, Bella.

Bella is a member of our family. We play with her every day. She gets lots of belly rubs. We take Bella on runs at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Bella hikes with us and even goes on vacation with us. She has an abundance of toys to play with, try to tear apart, or hide around the house. We give her lots of toys to play with. We take her to the veterinarian for regular checkups and immunizations. Sometimes we even let her lick the empty peanut butter jar.

As a member of our family, Bella is a part of our emergency preparedness plan. Her veterinarian’s phone number is in our family communication plan. We have also practiced the evacuation plan with Bella. Last time we practiced, I took my daughter out the front of the house and my husband brought Bella from the back and we met across the street at our designated meeting place.

We have an emergency supplies kit for the family that we review every six months or so. The kit has enough food, water, first aid supplies, medication and other items that we may need to sustain us for three days. Bella also has an emergency supplies kit.

Following are some suggestions for your pet’s emergency supplies kit:
  • Food
  • Water
  • Leash and collar
  • Bowl (for food and water)
  • Treats
  • First aid kit
  • Any medications
  • Records (copy of license, immunizations, etc.)
  • Photo of your pet
  • Toys
  • Sanitation bags
  • Veterinarian information
  • List of pet-friendly hotels

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, making it a good time to update your emergency supplies kit to include your household pets.

Hopefully my family will never have to use the items in our kit because of an emergency. But we have it ready to go, just in case. For more preparedness tips and information on Arizona hazards, visit  

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