One of the joys of apartment living is the frequent false fire alarm that wakes you on a winter's night and force you to quickly assess what is most important to you as you fumble for your glasses. Something that is important but often overlooked is the emergency plan for your pets. How will you transport them safely? Do you have enough food and medicine in case it is a long evacuation or if you are stuck at home? It is really not a pleasant thing to consider but a bit of planning on an ordinary day can make a terrible day manageable and safe for your little critters.
For Peggy the most dramatic move we have done are for the quarterly surprise false fire alarms that inexplicably only take place at the coldest, wettest, darkest part of night.
Things to plan in case of an emergency:
- How will you safely transport your pet?
- What would you need for a few days in case you cannot return home? (medicine, food, bedding/litter, etc.)
- Does everyone in the house know where you will meet in case of emergency? Do they know what to do about the pets?
- Do you have a sign at the door letting emergency responders know there may be pets inside?
- Do you need blankets? Towels?