Understand the needs of your pets

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Understand the needs of your pets


by Camy Thumwood on 09/27/11

Things to Do to Plan Your Evacuation: pet and animal survival needs. Familiarize yourself with each type of disaster that your area could be affected by, including a hazardous material spill.

1. Set up an appointment to talk to your veterinarian about a plan of action for your pets and animals needs during disasters.

2. Assemble a pet evacuation kit (see Chapter 2) but always discuss your kit with your veterinarian to verify it is appropriate for your type of pet or animals.

3. Always have a pet first aid kit on hand at home. We have listed several types of first aid kits in this book that will walk you through the basic steps needed to aid your pet and animal until you reach your veterinarian. Or you can purchase an assembled pet or animal first aid kit. If you purchase a pet or animal first aid kit, always check with your veterinarian to verify it is the appropriate kit for your pet or animal.

4. Develop an evacuation plan for all of your pets and animals.

5. Keep written directions to your home near your telephone. This will help you tell emergency responders how to get to your home, if you are in a state of panic, or in need of rescue, or if a person unfamiliar with your area is the only person in your home during a disaster.

6. Have a backup generator to maintain food and medication storage that requires refrigeration.

7. Keep all vehicles well maintained and full of gas.

8. Keep emergency cash on hand. Suggested amount is at least $100.00 in bills and change for ice, fuel, etc.

9. Place notification stickers, like the ones in provided in the

10. It is suggested that you keep a current copy of your pet's medical and shot records.

11. To facilitate a successful rescue, provide muzzles, handling gloves, catch nets and animal restraints where rescue personnel can find them easily. Keep in mind that pets and animals may become irritable and unpredictable when frightened.

12. During a disaster warning mark all of your pet or animal ID tags with a contact phone number.

Camy share her thoughts on pet safety: See below -
Camy specializes in:
* Pet Safety Education & Pet Disaster Preparedness

* Learning to live with your Elderly Cat or Dog
  - Learning about their needs for comfort and quality of life.
Camy Thumwood is the founder of Pet Alert and has been an advocate for pet safety awareness and training since 1991 while living in California. She has worked closely with emergency personnel, veterinarians, and animal organizations since then regarding the issues with pets during 911 emergencies situations and disasters. With the help of all the emergency personnel Camy designed and developed the Pet Alert Emergency Information System (kit) to help protect and provide proper information to first responders about all pets and animals that may be involved. The Pet Alert Emergency Information System is the “original pet emergency information kit” and is NOT a sticker!  A window sticker is not enough information to protect pets or their future. 

The kit was designed to help rescue pets and also help protect emergency personnel by providing proper information at hand 24/7.  The Pet Alert kit was recognized by the International Fire Chiefs Association as "a safety/Informational Tool” for emergency personnel when pets are involved in an emergency situation because it includes all necessary information to help locate and rescue pets, while providing correct and easy access information on all the pets involved.

Camy studied life threatening situations of pets during all types of emergencies and interviewed many concerned pet owners that had lost a pet due to a home fire and other situations. She also worked with many different departments (Fire, Police, Paramedics, Highway Patrol and Animal Control) to understand how they could and would use the proper information to help them and the pets.

Her objective has always been to share her knowledge to help all pet parents and animal lovers in preparing for emergency situations, and by doing so avoid pet hazards and pets from dyeing.

For that reason and a standing request from Fire Chiefs to share her knowledge, she wrote the book "Guide to Pet Safety 'Saving the Entire Family' Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Reference" book.  Camy states "with her book, pet parents can save precious time when their pet’s life depends on it". The Guide to Pet Safety can teach everyone the important facts on how to protect all their beloved companion pets and animals throughout their lives, not just in emergencies.

The Guide is many years of experience and knowledge of important pet safety information and is now simplified into "one easy to use guide". The Guide to Pet Safety is supported by firefighters, veterinaries and animal shelters for pet safety training, general pet emergency information and disaster preparedness involving all types of pets, even livestock.

Camy is also the author of “HOME ALONE - The Perils That Pets Face” and has been "protecting pets like family” since 1991.   Camy was the guiding light of the “Orange County Pet Safety Days”, a public venue in conjunction with Firefighters, Canine Officers, Animal Control, Veterinarians and the Pet Industry to provide pet safety education in California; now known as a yearly National Pet Fire Safety Day on July15th. She is an active advocate for pet safety education and pet disaster preparedness programs throughout the US and Canada and shares her experience with Emergency Management Teams for disaster readiness and pet owners preparedness.

Camy teaches fire and police departments in proper use of the Pet Alert Emergency Information System and pet safety education classes for pet owners. She is a popular guest on many pet related and news shows regarding pet safety issues. Camy greatly supports the need for pet safety standards throughout the pet industry.

Camy feels that pets are and should be included as part of the family unit, and that pet parents deserve the peace of mind in knowing all members of their family will be taken care of in case of an emergency, medical situation or natural disaster. She is dedicated to keep the Pet Alert Emergency Information System the most effective, easy and economical way to help people keep their pet's emergency information on hand, and all the right place for first responders. Plus to educate all pet owners how to be prepared for a pet emergency with her book the "Guide to Pet Safety".
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