If you have pets, you already know that they are an important part of your family. They provide many benefits to your, your kids and anyone else who comes in contact with them. You probably take great care of your pets, providing them with food, water, shelter, toys and treats; however, you should also have a plan for your pets in case of emergency. When you develop your home security plan for your family, be sure to include your pets so that if the unthinkable happens, they will be safe too.
When you get a home security system installed in your home, ask the company if they have signs that can be placed in your windows to let emergency personnel know that you have pets inside. If they don’t have these signs, they can be purchased from several pet supply websites. Keep the signs up as long as the pets are in the home. If you leave on vacation and the pets are staying elsewhere, take the signs down so emergency responders do not risk their lives trying to save them when they aren’t even in the house.
Update your pets’ identification regularly. If you move or change your telephone number, be sure to get new tags. This is critical, as pets can become confused in a new location and might try to make their way back to their old home. Without updated tags, if anyone finds your pets, there won’t be any way to contact you.
Pack a small bag with essential items related to your pets that you can quickly grab if you need to leave your house quickly. Some of the items that should be in this bag include a copy of their medical records, photographs, medications, your vet’s phone number, leashes, water, food, a toy and waste disposal equipment.