Before an Evacuation
It is important to have a disaster kit for your pet ready at any moment, especially because we live in an area where a significant earthquake is always possible. Preparing in advance will increase the likelihood that your animals remain safe and healthy during an emergency. Your pet survival kit should include:
- 72 hour food supply including bowls (can opener if necessary)
- 72 hour water supply
- Leash, harness, muzzle
- Pet carrier
- Medical/vaccination records, medication and veterinarian contact information - always keep copies of these in your grab 'n go kit
- ID tags and micro chip number
- Blankets and toys
- An X-pen if you have room
The Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team provides excellent shopping lists for a thorough pet emergency kit and other excellent resources on their website.
If and When a Disaster Hits
If it is not safe for you, it's not safe for your pet - do not leave them behind!
The City of Nanaimo's emergency management plan currently does not include resources for pets. In the event of a major disaster the nearest CDART chapter will make their way to the island and set up an emergency shelter for pets. This could take several days - which is why it is so important to have at least 72hrs of supplies for your pet.