Making a Disaster Preparedness Plan? Don’t Forget the Dog

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) — – While every household should have a disaster supply kit stocked with food, water, flashlights and batteries, homes with pets need to take additional steps when planning for disasters.

Whether an emergency forces people to seek shelter within the home or evacuate, advanced planning can ensure the safety of your animals.

Throughout October, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will be working to increase awareness of pet preparedness as part of its 2012 Preparedness Campaign.

“A family’s disaster supply kit should address the needs of every family member, including your pets,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “Every emergency situation is stressful, particularly for animals. But if you have a kit and a plan, you can help your pet stay safe.”

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