Tornadoes come flying though these parts more often that we'd like. Maybe you'd be prepared, but If you're a pet owner, would that preparation also include your pet?

“Being prepared for emergencies and disasters means having a plan for everyone in your family, including pets,” said Insp. Chris Bush, Assistant Division Commander of the MSP/EMHSD.

This is National Pet Preparedness Month, so the Michigan State Police's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Dept. are reminding pet owners to not only prepare for the worst for themselves, but also for the beloved pets.

“The human-animal bond Michiganders have with their pets is very strong. In fact, most pets are considered family members,” said Dr. James Averill, State Veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “So, when you are planning for how to protect your family in the event of an emergency, be sure to include the health and care of your family pets. Planning now will help protect your pet’s life and health for many more years of happiness.”

To create a pet preparedness kit, ensure the following items are readily available in a safe location:

  • Food (your pet's regular food)
  • Water
  • Leash and collar
  • Bowls
  • Photo of your pet or ID and a photo of you with your pet
  • Medications your pet needs
  • Immunization and veterinary records (keep both updated)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, and out-of-town friends and family
  • Toys, rope, and sanitation bags
  • Pet carrier

There's more information here: www.michigan.gov/miready.

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