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Evacuation Plan Should Include Pets

Tue Sep 17, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- How ready are you to evacuate your home in the event of an emergency? How much thought have you given to your pets' needs in this case?

A comprehensive plan covering domestic and farm animals has been prepared by the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Milledgeville, Ga., because, as they note, "any disaster than threatens human life threatens animals, too."

But evacuation centers, they note, "don't accept pets." So it is very important that you have a safe place in mind where they -- with or without you -- can stay.

One of your first steps toward protecting household pets is to ensure they have collars and name tags. You also should have photos available to identify any who get lost.

Special thought needs to be given exotic pets, which should be placed in a zoo or a similar safe place if you have to leave your home.

Livestock, who generally can't be evacuated, also require special thought -- to ensure their safe haven is truly safe, that their feed is protected from contaminants, that they will have sufficient water, and that they are protected from debris.


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