Ensure your pet is Hokie Ready

Be Hokie Ready Tips for Pets
It is important to have an emergency plan in place for pets. The Office of Emergency Management offers tips for doing so. Photo credit: Logan Wallace.

From: Office of Emergency Management 

If an emergency occurred, do you and your family have an emergency plan in place? What about an emergency plan for your pets?

When preparing yourself and the rest of your family and friends for emergencies, be sure to consider your furry, scaly, and feathery companions as well.

Gather a pet emergency kit

When assembling supplies for your own emergency kit, be sure to include enough supplies for your pets. Among the items to include are:

  • Sealed food and water to last up to 72 hours
  • Food and water dishes
  • Pet bed and carrier
  • Toy
  • Leash
  • Vet records
  • A current photo of each of your pets; if you are separated, this could help with identification

Develop a pet emergency plan

Make an emergency plan for your pets, just like you would for yourself and the rest of your family. If you have to evacuate, do not leave pets behind.

Be sure to have a backup plan if a disaster occurs and you are not able to get home immediately to care for your pets. Research nearby shelters that will house pets in case of an emergency. You can also contact friends, relatives, or neighbors to see if they could foster your pets until it is safe for you to return home.

Make sure all identification tags are current and securely fastened to your pet's collar.

Know when the various hunting seasons are in your area. During those times, be sure to have a bright “Hokie” orange bandana or other item for your pet to wear. This will help distinguish your pet from a deer or other animal that is targeted during the season. 

For more information on emergency preparedness for your pets, refer to Get a Pet Kit or contact the Office of Emergency Management at oem@vt.edu and 540-231-4873.

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